Russell Westbrook

MRI shows Russell Westbrook is fine after leaving with knee injury against Raptors


Russell Westbrook left Friday’s double-overtime win over the Raptors with a knee injury that didn’t look good at all, and the fact that he did not return had fans fearing the worst.

He told reporters he didn’t expect to miss any time before leaving the arena without a brace, however, and an MRI on Saturday confirmed that diagnosis.

From Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman:

After an MRI and clinical exam, it was determined that no issues of concern resulted from Westbrook’s knee-to-knee contact with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry last night. 

Moving forward, the Thunder will continue to monitor Westbrook’s minutes and rest him on one night of its back-to-backs. OKC plays Denver at home on Monday and the Mavericks in Dallas on Tuesday. Westbrook is expected to play in one of those games and rest in the other.

The plan all along has been to rest Westbrook for one of the games in a back-to-back set, so that doesn’t change — and neither do the playoff chances of the Thunder now that it’s been confirmed that Westbrook came away from this latest injury scare unscathed.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.