(NEW YORK) — As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for the stretch run of their schedule, reinforcements are coming as point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to return on Thursday against the Miami Heat.
Forward Kevin Durant revealed to Grantland.com’s Bill Simmons that Westbrook is healthy enough to suit up and contribute to team.
Westbrook hasn’t played since Dec. 25, following which he underwent his third knee surgery on Dec. 27.
In 25 games this season, Westbrook has been as dynamic as always. He’s averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Even though Westbrook is an All-Star caliber player, the Thunder hasn’t missed a beat with him recovering from surgery. The team is 43-12 this season, which is the best record in the NBA.
It also helps that Durant is playing some of the best basketball of his career. This season he’s averaging 31.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. He also had a stretch where he scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games.
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