ATLANTA — Russell Westbrook hasn’t been ruled out of tonight’s game against Atlanta. But it’s no guarantee he’ll play, either.
Westbrook will be a game-time decision, coach Scott Brooks said, when the Thunder faces the Hawks at 6 p.m. central inside Philips Arena. The Thunder’s All-Star point guard sustained a sprained left ankle with 5:46 remaining in the team’s 105-102 win at Orlando on Thursday. He remained in the game but was in obvious discomfort as he exited Amway Center with a bad limp. It looked so bad that it would be shocking if Westbrook didn’t miss a game. But when Brooks on Saturday morning listed Westbrook as a game-time decision, it came as a surprise that he hadn’t already been ruled out. It sounded better, too. “A lot better,” Brooks said. “We’ll see how he feels before the game. He’s improved a lot over the last day. He went through a little bit in shootaround today. We’ll see how he feels tonight.” Westbrook was seen sitting on the sideline with several other teammates by the time media members were permitted into the team’s shootaround on the Hawks’ practice court. Westbrook walked out of the gym with his teammates, wearing sandals and showing much less of a limp, albeit still walking gingerly. When asked how Westbrook’s mobility was, Brooks said it was “fine.” “What he did today is not enough to make a decision,” Brooks said. Westbrook has never missed a game since being drafted fourth overall in 2008. His streak of 282 games played is the third longest streak among active players.