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OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook rests during Thunder loss to Dallas

The move is pure precaution, according to coach Scott Brooks, and Westbrook will start against the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 16, 2014

Facing its first back-to-back since Russell Westbrook’s latest return, the Thunder rested its All-Star point guard against Dallas on Sunday.

The move is pure precaution, according to coach Scott Brooks, and Westbrook will start against the Bulls on Monday in Chicago.

Beyond that, Brooks wouldn’t reveal the specifics of Westbrook’s maintenance program for the rest of the season. OKC has five more back-to-backs.

“We’re just going to stick with these two and let you know at the appropriate time,” Brooks said.


The back end of the Thunder roster continues to shuffle.

On the same day that Reggie Williams’ 10-day contract expired (and wasn’t renewed), OKC replaced him with another Tulsa 66er, Mustafa Shakur, inking him to a 10-day deal.

Shakur comes in at a time when the Thunder need a bit of point guard help, with Westbrook expected to rest a batch of games in the final month.

“He’s going to give us some coverage at the point guard spot,” Brooks said of Shakur. “He’s an experienced player, played in the NBA some time, played in the D-League, played overseas. So he’s had some good experience.”

Shakur has played 22 career NBA games, all with the Washington Wizards. But he was once a member of the Thunder, near the end of the 2009 season, never seeing the floor.

This season with the 66ers, Shakur was averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds.

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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'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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