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OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook watches game from Thunder bench

Westbrook strolled through the Thunder locker room without crutches or any sign of a limp.
by Anthony Slater Modified: January 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm •  Published: January 2, 2014

Before the game, Russell Westbrook was seen strolling around the Thunder locker room, without crutches or any sign of a limp.

Then during the game, for the first time since his surgery, Westbrook watched the game from the Oklahoma City bench.

A positive sign for the All-Star guard who had his knee scoped less than a week before.

When asked pregame if he was worried about Westbrook's three right knee surgeries in eight months, coach Scott Brooks said: “No, not at all.”


 Brooks has done plenty of lineup maneuvering throughout this season, tinkering his rotation game-to-game depending on opponent and feel.

On Thursday night, that meant an extended opportunity for the versatile but sporadically used Perry Jones, who played a season-high 30 minutes against a Nets team that went small.

Jones played well for most of the night, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 on threes, but struggled to defend Paul Pierce late.

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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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