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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook to rest some on the Thunder's upcoming back-to-backs

Of late, the Thunder has had a relatively cushy schedule, not playing a back-to-back since the start of February. But in the season’s final month, OKC will play six. And according to Scott Brooks, Westbrook will rest in some, if not all, of those.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 15, 2014
/articleid/3943833/1/pictures/2374872">Photo - Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scores during Thursday night’s matchup against the Lakers.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scores during Thursday night’s matchup against the Lakers.

Apr. 13-14: at Indiana / at New Orleans


For the second straight game, Scott Brooks will start rookie Andre Roberson at the shooting guard spot.

Against the Lakers on Thursday, Roberson played well in his 24 minutes, helping force Jodie Meeks into a bad shooting night and chipping in on the offensive end.

But Brooks wouldn’t commit to Roberson as a permanent starter in the absence of Thabo Sefolosha.

“We’ll make decisions as the season goes along,” Brooks said. “But I thought he did a good job last game.”

The Thunder is 5-0 with Roberson in the starting lineup this season.


Against the Mavericks, Roberson will be tasked with containing Monta Ellis, the Mavericks’ lightning quick guard who is averaging 18.8 points and 5.8 assists this season.

“Strong, right-hand driver,” Roberson said of Ellis. “Plays aggressive, shoots the mid-range well. It’s going to be a hard-fought game.”

But these matchups are nothing new to Roberson. In his spot starts this season, Roberson has been thrown on the best opposing perimeter player.

He started on Kyle Korver in Atlanta and Kobe Bryant when the Lakers visited OKC in December. But Roberson’s toughest guard, according to him, actually came in the preseason, when he was locked up with a healthy Derrick Rose.

“He’s quick, man,” Roberson said. “That was pretty tough.”


Per Elias, the Thunder is the only team this season to have drafted all five players in its starting lineup.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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