Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook went through a vigorous workout in Los Angeles earlier today in an effort to see how his knee would respond to the strain. While the All-Star is making progress the Thunder have made to withhold him from tonight’s game against the Clippers.
It’s the second game in a row that Westbrook has missed to start the season, which also means that Dennis Schröder will be making his second consecutive start as OKC’s point guard. In Tuesday’s opener, against Golden State, Schröder was a rebound shy of a double-double. The former Atlanta Hawk finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, two steals, and a block.
Westbrook is close to returning and has been cleared for full contact drills and practice, but after an energetic workout after shootaround determined to sit Friday's game. It's looking likely Westbrook could be available against the Kings on a Sunday.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) October 19, 2018
“Everyone has to be prepared,” Schröder said about tonight’s match-up with the Clippers. “When we get in there, we gotta play defense. We gotta play with pace on offense as well. Everybody knows who is getting in there, we gotta play defense and gotta play as a unit.”
Both Oklahoma City and LA enter the game having dropped their season openers. Tip is scheduled for 9:30 (CT).
You can see the game preview from The Thunder Guys right here.