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Struggles for Russell Westbrook?
It's just two games, but they haven't been pretty. Since Russell Westbrook returned to the Oklahoma City Thunder's lineup, the West's No. 1 team has lost twice at home -- Thursday in blowout fashion to the Miami Heat, and Sunday in a closer game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Further highlighting the correlation has been Westbrook's play; he's scored just 29 points on 7-of-25 shooting, with eight assists and seven turnovers. Again, it's a very, very small sample. But OKC was rolling before it welcomed back this All-Star ...
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Heat hammer Thunder in OKC
It's one game, it's one game, it's one game. But when opposite-conference teams play just twice during a long NBA season, it's hard not to read at least a little something into major matchups. Which brings us to Thursday, when the Miami Heat traveled to Oklahoma City, and slammed the Thunder 103-81.
The top individual battle, too, was intriguing, with LeBron James (33 points on 22 shots) getting the better of sudden MVP favorite Kevin Durant (28 points on 22 shots) -- all despite leaving with 5:50 left after getting smacked in the face while dunking on Serge Ibaka. The Heat's performance was so overwhelming, it overshadowed the return of Russell Westbrook, out since Christmas with a knee injury (Westbrook scored 16 points in 24 minutes, but had four turnovers to just two assists). Let's not forget, though, that a Westbrook-less Thunder smashed Miami 112-95 in South Florida less than a month ago.
Durant, Thunder make statement
We knew the Oklahoma City Thunder were good. We knew Kevin Durant was the clear MVP favorite. But what happened on Wednesday night still raised eyebrows. After falling behind 22-4, KD & Co. quickly turned the game around, leading by five at halftime and proceeding to blow out the two-time defending-champion Miami Heat 112-95 -- on the road. Is there any chance Durant -- who extended his 30-point streak to 12 games Wednesday -- doesn't take home the top award? Can OKC win it all even without a healthy Russell Westbrook (they're now 15-6)? And what to make of the beleaguered Heat?
Westbrook out after knee surgery
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is expected to be out until after the All-Star break after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. Westbrook helped lead the Thunder to a 23-5 record before undergoing the procedure. Is Oklahoma City an elite team without Westbrook? How will the team fare without him?
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When will Russ return to form?
Expected to miss all of November, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook might not miss any of the month. The All-NBA ace returned Sunday against the visiting Phoenix Suns, giving OKC a boost after an uninspiring 1-1 start (OKC won 103-96). Westbrook was hit-or-miss, going 5-of-16 but scoring 21 points. How quickly will he shake off the knee injury he sustained in last season's playoffs?