Russell Westbrook Makes An Early Debut
Russell Westbrook has not played a NBA game since April 24th and was supposed to return some time before Thanksgiving, but the dynamic point guard returned Sunday night in a surprising debut.
As the starting five was being introduced, Kevin Durant allowed Westbrook to be introduced as the last player for a greater applause.
“It's a blessing, man,” Westbrook said. “You can't take things like that for granted. Just (having) the opportunity to get your name called and the opportunity to play the game of basketball is great. It felt good. We won. That's all that matters. I found my rhythm.”
Westbrook showed just how much he missed playing by posting 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists in his return. Even though he only shot 5-16, Westbrook showed no signs of fatigue or injury. Instead, he constantly attacked the rim and made 11 of his 14 free throws.