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
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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.”

PERRY JONES GETS BIG FOURTH QUARTER MINUTES

 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.


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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