OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook increasing activity

The Thunder's star guard is still targeting a return after All-Star break.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 9, 2014
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Over the past week, Russell Westbrook has started cranking up his workout activity.

At shootaround in Orlando on Friday, Westbrook was seen taking some full-speed pull-up shots and doing some on-court cutting, working up a sweat. And before the Thunder's Sunday win over the Knicks, he was doing much of the same.

But Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook still hasn't been cleared for full contact.

“He hasn't participated in any part of our practices,” Brooks said.

Westbrook's return, according to the team, still remains at least 10 days away, with the first game after the All-Star break set for Feb. 20 against Miami.

“I don't know what date,” Brooks said. “Sometime after the All-Star break. We like the progress he is making.”

The Thunder is 20-8 without Westbrook this season.

KD ON ALL-STAR WEEKEND

If it were up to Kevin Durant, at this stage of his career, he would use All-Star Saturday night as a time for relaxation.

“The events are cool, but I'd rather play in the game and chill the whole weekend,” Durant said.

 

But Durant, who has competed twice before in the Three-Point Shootout, has agreed to take part in the Shooting Skills challenge, a quick and friendly competition at the beginning of the night. He will team up with NBA legend Karl Malone and WNBA star Skylar Diggins.


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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