Thunder Hoping Russell Westbrook Will Return Thursday vs. Heat


Russell Westbrook is ready to return, and all signs point to a huge matchup with the Heat as the date.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder are hopeful that the injured Westbrook will return for Thursday’s game against theMiami Heat.

The Thunder announced on Dec. 27 that Westbrook had surgery on his right knee for the second time since late October. He was projected to be out until after the NBA All-Star break without a specific return game. The source said Westbrook will be re-evaluated on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, which could open the door for a return against the visiting Heat.

Westbrook averaged 21.3 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in 25 games.

The Thunder are 22-8 without Westbrook.