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Russell Westbrook Will Play With Sore Wrist

by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 19, 2012

ATLANTA — Russell Westbrook took a hard fall late in the third quarter Monday against San Antonio.

But coach Scott Brooks said his point guard will play tonight at Atlanta.

“He just has a heart of gold,” Brooks said. “He does not want to ever let anybody know that he’s banged up. His wrist is a little sore, but he’s fine tonight. He’s going to be fine. Minutes, I don’t have to worry about monitoring any minutes.”

Westbrook crashed to the floor with 3 1/2 minutes left following a drive to the basket. He collided with Spurs forward DeJuan Blair as Blair stepped in front of the basket seeking to draw a charge. Westbrook remained on the floor for a few seconds before getting up and clutching his wrist. He stayed in the game to shoot both free throws and played through any pain or discomfort he might have felt throughout the remainder of the game.

Asked after the game about his wrist, Westbrook said only that he was fine.

Westbrook has never missed an NBA game. He leads all active players in consecutive games played.

Tonight, he will extend his streak to 337.


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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