There is a growing expectation that Russell Westbrook will rejoin the Thunder lineup for Thursday's game against Miami in Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder did not practice Monday and is taking Tuesday off as well. But it is believed that Westbrook's availability will be determined by physical and medical evaluations that will be conducted Tuesday and Wednesday.
Team officials still aren't providing any additional information into when Westbrook will return, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks said whenever that day is an adjustment period is to be expected.
“There's going to be an adjustment period like there was last time,” Brooks said. “But that's our job is to adjust and find ways to have that adjustment goes smooth. But I think with Russell, he's going to have to play through some games. He's not going to be in game shape right off the get-go, and we understand that.
“We're not going to judge him off of each quarter or each game. We have 27 more games to go to get everything clicking in the right direction. It's a great challenge. But our guys are looking forward to adding one of the most dynamic players in the league back to our roster.”
GRIFFIN PUTS ON A SHOW AT THE ALL-STAR GAME
Blake Griffin electrified the crowd in Sunday's All-Star Game, scoring 38 points in the West All-Star's 163-155 loss to the East.
If anyone was disappointed in Saturday night's dunk contest, Griffin made things right with a dazzling display during the game.
He scored 14 of his first 18 points on dunk attempts, assaulting the rim with one authoritative alley-oop finish after another. Ten of his All-Star-Game record 19 made field goals were slam dunks.
“He's a guy who is perfect for a game like this,” said New York forward Carmelo Anthony. “He is a dunker. He's a guy who gets the crowd into it. Guys know he's a crowd pleaser so they're going to find him. Anything near the rim, near the backboard, he's going to get.”
Griffin enjoyed giving the crowd what it came to see.
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