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Thunder plans to rest Russell Westbrook during back-to-backs in the final month

by Anthony Slater Published: March 15, 2014

When the Thunder first announced Russell Westbrook’s post All-Star break return, it came with two caveats.

Westbrook would remain on a minutes restriction and he would likely rest in back-to-back situations.

OKC has stuck to its first limitation, playing Westbrook no more than 31 minutes in any of the past 10 games. Now it’s time to see if they’ll stick with the second.

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.

“There’s going to be some back-to-backs he’s not going to play,” Brooks said. “We definitely have a plan in place.”

However, Brooks refused to reveal specifics on which games Westbrook would rest.

When asked if he’d play against the Mavericks on Sunday and rest against the Bulls on Monday, Brooks said “we’ll let you know tomorrow”.

“His conditioning is great,” Brooks added. “We just want to get some time, while we still can, where he can rest in between games.”

Here are the Thunder’s remaining back-to-backs:

Mar. 16 - vs Dallas
Mar. 17 - at Chicago

Mar. 20 - at Cleveland
Mar. 21 - at Toronto

Mar. 24 - vs Denver
Mar. 25 - at Dallas

Apr. 3 - vs San Antonio
Apr. 4 - at Houston

Apr. 8 - at Sacramento
Apr. 9 - at Clippers

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

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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