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OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook practices, says there's no concern over 'light sprain'

Caron Butler said the whole state of Oklahoma probably said a collective prayer when Westbrook walked off the court with a knee sprain.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 23, 2014

When Russell Westbrook limped off with an ugly looking knee injury on Friday night, Caron Butler was like a large portion of the state’s basketball fans.

“When it initially happened, I saw him smack the ball and I was just like, ‘Oh, God,’” Butler recalled. “We all said a prayer — collectively — the whole state of Oklahoma.”

And soon after, Butler’s prayer was answered.

“When he went in the back, he kinda gave us a head nod, like, ‘I’m OK,’” Butler said. “That was a breath of fresh air.”

But for the rest of the state, there needed to be a bit more confirmation. That came on Saturday night, when news surfaced that Westbrook had passed the necessary medical tests.

And it was solidified on Sunday, with Westbrook going through the Thunder’s practice without any limitations.

“The video looks (worse) than what you think,” Westbrook said, trying to shoot down any lingering concern. “I was looking at the video and it just looks weird, but it’s not as bad as you think. I wasn’t really worried about it. Light sprain and I’ll be alright.”

As was already planned, Westbrook will play in one of the Thunder’s next two games – at home against Denver on Monday night and in Dallas on Tuesday – and rest the other.

When on the floor, Westbrook promises no limitations.

“Can’t play cautious. Can’t be timid,” Westbrook said. “Gotta play and be confident in what you’re doing.”

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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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