SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Russell Westbrook is not expected to play Tuesday night at Sacramento as the Thunder continues to rest him in at least one game of back-to-back sets.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks would not say at the team's morning shootaround whether Westbrook definitely would sit against the Kings, but the Thunder point guard didn't partake in his customary game-day preparations. The team held a lengthy film session inside Sleep Train Arena and did only light shooting once on the court. Westbrook, though, remained seated on the sideline, icing his right knee while wearing street clothes.
Oklahoma City travels to Los Angeles following the Kings game to face the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Kendrick Perkins, meanwhile, will play in both games of the back-to-back. It's only Perkins' third game back from a groin injury that sidelined him for 17 straight games, and the Thunder was believed to be working Perkins back slowly. He was believed to be on a 10 to 15 minute restriction while also being limited to one game on back-to-backs. But Brooks clarified his earlier statements Tuesday afternoon by saying he didn't want Perkins playing in the first back-to-back out of the chute, which is why Perkins did not play last Friday at Houston. It's unclear what type of minute count Perkins remains under.
But the Thunder is nearing a return to full strength.
Starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha, who has been recovering from a left calf injury, also could return from an 18-game absence Tuesday against the Kings. Sefolosha underwent workouts the last two days in Sacramento and is still targeting a return on this current four-game road trip.
His availability for Tuesday's game will be determined by how he feels at game time.