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November 25, 2014 Updates
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As expected, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant participated in practice Saturday, joining their Thunder teammates in select portions of non-contact drills. Both are said to be progressing from their respective injuries on schedule. “They looked good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They’ve been with the group the whole time, but (Saturday) was the first day they’ve actually participated in some of the drills. It wasn’t the entire practice.” Oklahoman

“It was good to see them out there with the group,” Brooks said. “They’re progressing well. I’m sure in the next couple of days they’re going to continue to add more to it.” Brooks said it’s too early to say whether he will ease the two cornerstones back into the rotation and manage their minutes. But that has been the route the Thunder has taken with several players in the past, including Westbrook last year when he was returning from multiple knee surgeries. “We haven’t even got to that point yet,” Brooks said. “They’re still in the rehab process of getting back to being able to play. The minute restriction, we’re not focused on that area yet. We’re just focused on getting them back and getting them ready to play.” Oklahoman

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

November 8, 2014 Updates
November 1, 2014 Updates

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

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