OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook gets a night off to rest

Team officials said nothing is wrong with Westbrook's surgically repaired knee. But by sitting out Sunday's game, Westbrook will have had five days of rest when the Thunder hosts San Antonio on Wednesday night.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: November 24, 2013
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Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook did not play in Sunday's 95-73 win over Utah. In an attempt to get Westbrook more rest following two offseason knee surgeries, the team decided to give him the night off.

Team officials said nothing is wrong with Westbrook's surgically repaired knee. But by sitting out Sunday's game, Westbrook will have had five days of rest when the Thunder hosts San Antonio on Wednesday night.

Reggie Jackson started in place of Westbrook on Sunday and scored 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting with seven assists in 26 minutes.

It was the first regular season home game Westbrook has missed in his six-year career.

The Thunder is expected to continue to look at creative ways to find Westbrook more opportunities for rest as the season progresses.

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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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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