Oklahoma City’s season-opening tilt against Golden State just became a little less of a marquee match-up. On Tuesday afternoon the Thunder announced at former MVP point guard Russell Westbrook would not be playing in the team’s first game of the season. Rather he has his eyes set on a potential debut against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Westbrook had missed the entire preseason after undergoing a minor procedure on his right knee. In his absence newly acquired combo guard Dennis Schroder will most likely get the start with Raymond Felton providing minutes off the bench.
Last season Westbrook averaged 25.4 points, 10.3 assists, and 10.1 rebounds per game to become the first NBA player to average a triple-double in back-to-back seasons.
The Thunder open the 2018-19 season with two games on the road before playing their first home game of the season against Sacramento on Sunday evening.
Tip off between Oklahoma City and Golden State is scheduled for 9:30 (CT) tonight. The game will be televised by TNT.
You can check out the game preview here.