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OKC has stuck to its first limitation, playing Westbrook no more than 31 minutes in any of the past 10 games. Now it’s time to see if they’ll stick with the second. Of late, the Thunder has had a relatively cushy schedule, not playing a back-to-back since the start of February. But in the season’s final month, OKC will play six. And according to Scott Brooks, Westbrook will rest in some, if not all, of those. “There’s going to be some back-to-backs he’s not going to play,” Brooks said. “We definitely have a plan in place.” Oklahoman

The Oklahoma City Thunder's closing schedule is heavy with back-to-back sets, six of them over the last month of the season, and Thunder head coach Scott Brooks on Saturday said once again that point guard Russell Westbrook will not play in both games of "some" of those sets. "We have a plan in place" as to which games Westbrook will sit , said Brooks, but he wouldn't reveal it Saturday after practice."I'll let you know at the appropriate time," he added. NBA.com

March 14, 2014 Updates

Westbrook recently said he wants to play smarter after sitting out so many games. And by the sound of it, he has that approach in mind. “As a point guard, my job is to find a way where I can help others out,” Westbrook said. “That’s what I’m trying to do with each individual guy on the team, find a way to get them going, keep their confidence up and try to continue to keep it going leading into the playoffs.” Oklahoman

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Beverley, a former second-round pick who has played in the D-League and in the Ukraine, Greece and Russia, gained notoriety during the 2013 playoffs when, Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury after a collision with Beverley. Since then, his reputation as a pesky, tenacious defender has earned him attention around the league — not all good. “I guess I’m doing something right,” Beverley said when asked about the irritation he’s caused Westbrook and Lillard in recent weeks. “I don’t really pay attention to that. I just go out and play aggressive defense and leave the cards on the table. “I can’t really help what other people say or how they feel. I’m just putting myself in the position to help my team win basketball games. If that means me defending all night, that’s what I’m going to do.” For The Win

Mike James: Having played against Beverley, I’ll say this: Nobody likes to be picked up full-court and nobody likes pressure. And he puts pressure on you! He forces you to decide whether to be physical or give in to the pressure. When you put that kind of pressure on your opponent, either the toughness comes or the softness—some players would rather not deal with it. Westbrook has to raise his level of play because Beverley isn’t allowing him to walk through the game. Beverley is forcing him to play at a high-level. If he doesn’t, that’s when turnovers occur. It’s like they say, pressure bursts pipes. But Beverley also took Westbrook out of the game by making it personal. Now Westbrook is thinking about fighting Patrick Beverley instead of thinking about the game plan. That’s when maturity has to come into play on Westbrook’s end, where you don’t allow what someone says or does to you affect the way you play the game. SportsNet

March 12, 2014 Updates

Patrick Beverley has turned into the little engine that could — antagonize Rockets opponents enough to help them into the Conference Finals or beyond this year. After getting in Damian Lillard‘s mug the other night before trading off-the-court barbs, he resumed a roiling rivalry with Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night during OKC’s 106-98 win. One first-quarter moment eerily mimicked the lunge Beverley made for the ball during the playoffs last spring, which inadvertently led to the tear in Westbrook’s meniscus. Here’s the play in question, and you can see Russ does not take Beverley’s thrust for the ball very well (also, check out KD’s hysterical late push on Parsons well after the altercation has run its course). Dime

Wearing a clear plastic mask to protect a recently broken nose, Beverley looked like he might spar for real with Westbrook a couple of times. Less than halfway through the first quarter, Scott Brooks pointed at the hash mark near the Thunder bench to let Westbrook know that he wanted a timeout. Westbrook reached the hash and signaled for a timeout, but as he did, Beverley reached for the ball. “That’s how I play against everybody,” he said. Oklahoman

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About halfway through the third quarter, I was knee-deep in Basketball Reference, frantically trying to understand what Russell Westbrook accomplished. Somehow, in only 21 minutes on the floor, he registered a triple-double (13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists), making it the second fastest recorded ever in NBA history (Jim Tucker, 17 minutes in 1955). That’s how crazy it was. Westbrook did something that required Elias to dig up the name Jim Tucker from 1955. DailyThunder.com

March 1, 2014 Updates

TBL: Do any of today’s player’s fashion style impress you? Walt Frazier: They compare me to (Russell) Westbrook. I think (Dwyane) Wade has a little creativity. The Knicks, Melo, Amar’e, Shumpert. The thing about basketball players is that they’re like models. They’re tall and slim. No matter what they wear they’re going to look good. You put them in a suit and they’ll look sharp. To me it’s the combination of how they put it together. A lot of guys have the nice suits but they don’t have the shoes. For me it’s head to toe. That’s why they call me Clyde because I started with the wide brim hats, I had the suits. I had the mink coats. I had the gator shoes. So my whole thing is from head to toe. A lot of guys don’t do that. They don’t have the shoes or the ties. I don’t say I’m maniacal. I used to be maniacal. Playing I was a real clotheshorse. Now I just like to dress up because I’m in the public eye on TV every other night. I’m not nearly as bad as I used to be with the shoes and shirts. I used to get the fabric for the shirts. I designed them and go with the suits. I used to be really into it. Today I just get a lapel and a spread collar shirt. I don’t design the buttons anymore. It was a labor of love back in the day. To me when you feel good you look good and vice versa. That’s why I do it. The Big Lead

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