Great news if you are Kevin Durant. His sidekick might be back sooner than anticipated. It was initially announced that the starting point guard for the OKC Thunder, Russell Westbrook, would sit out four to six weeks from his second knee surgery of the year. But now Sports Illustrated is reporting that the PG could return within the next two weeks. This news comes just a week after Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose advised Westbrook to take his time returning to the court. Last season Westbrook averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game before he went down with a torn meniscus in the first round of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets.
For now, 23-year-old Reggie Jackson will fill in for Westbrook as the Thunder’s floor leader. The guard out of Boston College stepped up big for the OKC Thunder averaging 13.9 points and 3.6 assists in Westbrook’s absence.
One thing is certain, the OKC Thunder will open their season against the Utah Jazz tonight at 8(CT), without Westbrook.