HoopsHype Russell Westbrook rumors

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How did the injuries to KD and Russ affect the team and who's stepped up? Steven Adams: Oh, man, everyone was devastated when we heard the news, but there are like four other players, too. Even our rookies, when Mitch McGary went down, everyone was down. So when all of our injured players went out, it wasn't just one particular person who came up. It was kind of like our whole team. We understood as a team we had to collectively come together. We knew we weren't going to be the same team without them, but we have to pick up their workload collectively and try to make up for it that way and distribute it amongst the team. That was our whole mindset. complex.com

November 27, 2014 Updates

But the most significant aspect of the move is its implications for injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. There is a growing belief that one or both could rejoin the lineup soon, perhaps as early as Friday against New York. They returned to practice this week and are scheduled to have their respective injuries evaluated over the Thanksgiving holiday. Oklahoman

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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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