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Kelly Iko: MDA on Westbrook: “Today, he’s doing great and he’s really working hard. Feels like he’s getting closer. He’s living in the training room and putting movement into where he can be 100 percent.”
Adam Wexler: #Rockets D'Antoni on Westbrook's next steps: "Keep strengthening it. It'll go a little bit how he feels. I'm sure the next step is he'll get on the court. Time will tell how long it takes. Once he gets on the court, (he/we'll) be able to hone in on how many days (til he's back)."
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni said he doesn't know yet the timetable on Russell Westbrook. He'll be re-evaluated every other day until he's healthy.
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook with strained quadriceps muscle in his right leg. Will be out for Friday’s game against Philadelphia and re-evaluated before the playoffs
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook is out tonight (right quad contusion). Ben McLemore will start tonight.
“Russ looked good, he hasn’t been able to play basketball this summer,” Harden said. “Just getting to his rhythm and his basketball shape. We got two really good days of practice ahead of us, and get ready for Thursday.” Westbrook also has the issue of his dislocated fingers to deal with, but it’s not expected to keep him out of the opener. “If you’re going to have an injury, your finger is the best one to have,” a team executive said.
Russell Westbrook -- who has been dealing with some dislocated fingers on his right hand -- left the team's game against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter in obvious discomfort. The star point guard lost the ball, immediately grabbed at his right hand, then ran off the court and directly into the tunnel leading to the Rockets' locker room without stopping. He finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists on 6-of-13 shooting in 26 minutes. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Westbrook aggravated the finger issue, and will be fine.
Tim MacMahon: Mike D'Antoni said Russell Westbrook has a couple of dislocated fingers. Russ, who had his right pinky wrapped: "It’s all right. I learned a long time ago when I first got in the league, point guard fingers are always going to be f---ed up. That’s just what it is."
Alykhan Bijani: The #Rockets will play the #Raptors Tuesday (5 AM Houston time). Russell Westbrook is listed as PROBABLE. The game will be on NBA TV. You can also listen to the game on radio as well (790 AM).
Per multiple sources who have watched the Rockets’ night scrimmages and practices, Westbrook is looking very quick and his knees haven’t been an issue, despite his not playing 5-on-5 basketball for the last three months because of his knee operation in May.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says Russell Westbrook won’t play tonight, maybe not until the third or fourth preseason game, but also says that could change: “He’s had two good practices and he’s not quite ready today..When he feels ready to go, he’ll go.” #Rockets
Tim MacMahon: Source: Russell Westbrook will not play in the Rockets' preseason opener tonight against the Shanghai Sharks. The Rockets are exercising caution with Westbrook, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring and was recently cleared for live 5-on-5 action.
Salman Ali: Russell Westbrook says he's doing fine despite the knee procedure: "I'll be ready to go for training camp."
Along with George -- who will also soon have a procedure done to correct a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder -- All-Star guard Russell Westbrookhad a procedure done to repair a torn ligament in a finger on his left hand, league sources said.
Brett Dawson: Russell Westbrook will play tonight. No minutes restriction.
Royce Young: Russell Westbrook (ankle) is out tonight against the Suns. Billy Donovan says he’s better, but the team hasn’t done much full practicing so it’s hard for Donovan to say how close Westbrook is at this time.
Erik Horne: Thunder says Russell Westbrook is out for Wednesday's game against Cleveland with a left ankle sprain. Team wants to see how he responds to treatment over the next few days, but belief is it's not as severe as it initially appeared when Westbrook went down Monday night.
Russell Westbrook (sore shoulder) did not practice Saturday, according to Thunder coach Billy Donovan. Donovan did not specify which shoulder Westbrook had hurt and said he didn’t know if Westbrook would be available for OKC’s home game against Phoenix Sunday. “I think he’ll be fine,” Donovan said, adding that he won’t know for sure until Sunday.
Westbrook also needed treatment on his shoulders during the playoffs last season. By Game 4 of the first-round series against Utah, Westbrook had cupping marks and kinesiology tape on both shoulders.
After going through an energetic post-shootaround workout, which included a few emphatic tomahawk dunks, Westbrook met with the Oklahoma City Thunder's medical staff and decided to sit against the Clippers. He has been increasing his practice workload, including being cleared for basically full-contact practices and drills. "A lot of it is him and the medical staff talking to each other and him giving feedback," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "In my conversations with him, it's always how he's feeling the next day. And I think for him, he needs to be right because you don't want to have something lingering. And he knows his body better than anybody else."
Monte Poole: Russell Westbrook (R knee), Andre Roberson (L knee) out for @Oklahoma City Thunder vs. @Warriors. Steven Adams (back) questionable. This is not exactly what the NBA had in mind for a marquee game on opening night in Oakland.
Donovan said the starting point guard continues to do “more and more,” in his rehab from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Following Thunder practice on Sunday, Westbrook was seen dressed in white compression pants underneath his shorts. As of Friday, Donovan said Westbrook was not cleared for full contact practice, but was in some controlled contact activities.
Brett Dawson: Dennis Schröder says he doesn’t know if Russell Westbrook will play Tuesday, but that it doesn’t change his preparation for the Warriors either way: “I’m excited to play the game with all these guys, my first regular-season game with them. Can’t wait.”
Russell Westbrook is "progressing" and getting nearer to a return, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Thursday, but has not been cleared for full-contact practice yet, leaving his status for the season opener in question. "Every day for him, he feels better and better," said Donovan, whose team will visit the Golden State Warriors next Tuesday. "I don't want to say [if he'll be ready]. I know you guys want to know that, but that's too far out and there will be a lot of things that will go into that decision.
"There's certain things he'll have to go through to get himself fully cleared to play, but he's certainly moving in the right direction and he's worked really hard at his rehab to get himself back."
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan says Russell Westbrook is progressing, has been in controlled situations the medical team has allowed him to do. Too far out from the season opener (Oct. 16), Donovan says, to say when or if Westbrook will be ready.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan today said Russell Westbrook is progressing every day. Donovan said RW has not been in full contact, but some “very controlled" contact. Wednesday will mark four weeks from Westbrook's arthroscopic knee surgery, the time he was scheduled to be re-evaluated.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan today said Russell Westbrook is progressing every day. Donovan said RW has not been in full contact, but some “very controlled" contact. Wednesday will mark four weeks from Westbrook's arthroscopic knee surgery, the time he was scheduled to be re-evaluated.
Brett Dawson: Per Billy Donovan, Paul George will play tomorrow at Minnesota. Abdel Nader still out. Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson remain out.
Westbrook experienced some stiffness in the knee over the last week during individual workouts while preparing for training camp. He elected to have a standard scope as a preemptive "maintenance" procedure rather than potentially dealing with issues throughout the season.
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