The Oklahoma City Thunder will end the 2013-14 season with a tough schedule consisting of six sets of back-to-back games over the final month prior to the postseason. It appears Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is intent on resting guard Russell Westbrook in order to keep him fresh heading into the playoffs.
Coach Brooks says that a plan is in place to allow Westbrook to miss some back-to-back sets as the 25-year-old scoring dynamo continues to regain his form after returning to action on Feb. 20 following his third knee surgery in a nine-month span.
"We had a plan in place early on when we brought him back and we wanna stick with that," said Brooks. "We just wanna, while we can, get some time where he can rest in between games."
The plan strictly appears to be a precautionary measure, and it’s not believed that Westbrook is hampered by any further swelling in the troublesome right knee. Since his Feb. 20 return, Westbrook is averaging 22 points per game, including a 36-point outburst in a 128-122 loss to the Phoenix Suns on March 6.
Oklahoma City begins that back-to-back set starting Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks followed by the Chicago Bulls on Monday.