Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook healthy, will continue to see limited minutes

Not even another strong performance will be enough for the Thunder to lift Russell Westbrook’s minute restriction, which is still a mystery but appears to be 30 minutes.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures following a 3-point basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures following a 3-point basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Westbrook healthy, will still see limited minutes

Russell Westbrook sent a scare throughout the state late in the first half of Thursday’s loss at Phoenix when he came up limping following a defensive possession.

But the Thunder’s star point guard says he’s fine.

“(Someone) just stepped on my foot,” Westbrook said.

Despite hobbling around for several seconds and hunching over with his hands on his knees, Westbrook never came out of the game due to injury. He played 30 minutes and scored 36 points with nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals.

But not even another strong performance will be enough for the Thunder to lift Westbrook’s minute restriction, which is still a mystery but appears to be 30 minutes.

“I think his minutes are right there where we want them,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “Going into the next game, right around the same.”

TIME CHANGE

The NBA has changed the start time for the Thunder’s game at Indiana on April 13.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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