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November 22, 2014 Updates

Brooks declined to provide details on what each player did Saturday and said only that they were involved in portions of practice. Durant is scheduled to have his surgically-repaired right foot evaluated Thanksgiving, according to the team’s original timetable for his recovery. Westbrook originally was projected to have his surgically-repaired right hand be evaluated two days after Thanksgiving. Oklahoman

The two seem to be healing at an accelerated rate and a return by the end of next week — particularly for Westbrook — isn’t out of the question. Per the NBA’s hardship rule, neither of the stars (or Mitch McGary or Grant Jerrett) are allowed to return until the Nov. 28th home game against Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks. Oklahoman

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In an obvious attempt to make sure folks with the Oklahoma City Thunder have to answer questions about the subject, Cuban wondered aloud if the perennial contender would consider junking this season after injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put them on the sidelines for another month. "The question I don't think anybody's asked is why they don't try to pull a David Robinson and try to get Tim Duncan?" Cuban said. He insisted he wasn't suggesting anything inappropriate. He was just curious why the question hasn't been asked. And no, he wouldn't say whether he would consider tanking the season if he were in the Thunder's position. Dallas Morning News

November 9, 2014 Updates

Russell Westbrook’s reaction when he learned he’d miss at least month while recovering from a broken hand was about what you’d expect it to be. “I was (ticked) off,” said Westbrook on Saturday, a week removed from his surgery. Oklahoman

Sporting a splint to safeguard the recently-repaired second metacarpal in his right hand following a Thunder practice, Westbrook shed light on his injury and recovery for the first time since sustaining the fracture on Oct. 30 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “I knew I hurt something,” Westbrook remembered. “I just thought I dislocated my finger or something. But I couldn’t tell until I got the ball back when I ran back down the court and couldn’t dribble.” Oklahoman

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Russell Westbrook underwent surgery Saturday morning on his broken right hand, the Thunder announced today. Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks, at which time a further update will be provided. Westbrook fractured the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday night in Los Angeles. The injury occurred midway through the second quarter of the Thunder’s loss against the Clippers. Westbrook removed himself from the game and did not return but did watch the majority of the second half from the bench with his right hand wrapped. Oklahoman

October 31, 2014 Updates

According to general manager Sam Presti, Russell Westbrook underwent further evaluation by outside consultants on his fractured right hand Friday and the process will continue Saturday. Westbrook remains without an official timetable as the team weighs the possibility of a procedure to repair his hand. "At this stage, surgery is a consideration for this particular injury," Presti told ESPN.com. "If there were to be a procedure, we would provide a time frame at that point." ESPN.com

An anonymous NBA scount dishes his take on the Thunder's outlook with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sidelined. "They are going to have a hard time scoring. You know they are not going to rush KD back because that’s not what they do. The entire offense was funneled to Westbrook and Durant. You can run the same sets but how effective is it going to be without two of the top 10 players in the NBA? But that’s probably what they are going to do. Reggie Jackson is like a mini-Westbrook. He’s going to get a lot of shots. It was the Perry Jones Show against the Clippers, so he will get looks too. Serge Ibaka isn’t a post presence but they might try to do more to get him more baseline jump shots. These are band-aids though. In this conference, they can easily lose 10 or 15 games over the next month and be in a deep hole when Russ or KD comes back. This injury could knock them out of the playoffs." Sports Illustrated

Depending on the diagnosis that is expected to be more clear on Friday, the Thunder's championship hopes may have gone out the door with him. It's unclear if the injury, which Thunder coach Scott Brooks called a small fracture of the second metacarpal, will require surgery. "What seed were the Rockets when they won it all (in 1995)?" one Thunder official asked as he tried to process the unwelcome news. USA Today Sports

"It's tough," said Ibaka, who had 17 points and nine rebounds against the Clippers and was one of only eight Thunder players available by game's end. "We were not ready for it…We have a lot of guys with injury, and we need to just figure (it) out. We need to just keep playing the way we did tonight, to keep fighting…We've got guys. We've been there before. "You know, what happened to me last year now happened to KD and Russ, it's something I can not really talk about because I can not really control that. What I can do is keep staying together. I'm going to tell the guys, stay together and keep pushing, keep working." USA Today Sports

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