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April 25, 2014 Updates

Minutes after Ray Westbrook — Russell Westbrook’s brother — tweeted out that the Thunder needed a coaching change Thursday night, he had deleted it. By Friday morning, he had apologized for the Internet remark, saying he “was just caught up in the game” and “shouldn’t have said it”. Oklahoman

By Friday afternoon, Russell got in on the issue, saying his brother’s tweet was out of line. “I took care of that, man,” Russell said at Friday’s practice. “We don’t conduct business like that.” Westbrook also said that his brother’s opinion had no reflection on how he feels about Scott Brooks and his future coaching the Thunder. “Me and Scotty have a great relationship,” Russell said. “I’ve never once mentioned that I want Scotty to leave ever since I’ve been here. We created a bond with each other that’s grown.” Oklahoman

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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

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