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OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook continues to shake off rust

When Washington forward Nene picked a fight, Westbrook was virtually powerless to fight back, proof that while his knee may be structurally sound, neither his bark nor his bite are quite yet back.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 10, 2013

His run was over before it began.

A moment that could have sparked the listless Thunder soon fizzled out.

Westbrook subbed out four minutes later with the Thunder staring at a seven-point deficit that would swell to as many as 11. His only contributions in the fourth quarter before being ejected were a pair of free throws and a pair of offensive fouls.

He finished with 13 points on 4-for-16 shooting, his second rough night in as many outings.

In the past two games, Westbrook has as many turnovers (nine) as made field goals. He's 9-for-35 from the floor.

These are the moments that come with an earlier-than-expected return. Westbrook, who played in only his fourth game Sunday since April 24, has admitted to being rusty and says it will take time to knock off the cobwebs.

There was no clearer proof of that than Sunday's run that never was, or the revenge that Westbrook never got.

“He doesn't make excuses. He comes to work every single day,” Durant said. “And those games happen. But a great player like that bounces back and makes the best out of those mistakes and learns from them.”

Westbrook after the game declined to discuss the two dust-ups with Nene.

“Did we win?” he asked. “All right.”