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Russell Westbrook returns to court tonight for Thunder vs. Knicks


Those are the words Thunder fans have been desperate to hear — Russell Westbrook is back.

Well, at least half of the words they wanted to hear. Kevin Durant remains out (foot surgery has kept him out all season but he is expected to return soon). However, Westbrook has been out since the second game of the season with a hand fracture and he is going to return at home against the Knicks (playing without Carmelo Anthony).

Royce Young of ESPN had other details.

This is huge for the 4-12 Thunder, currently the 10th seed in the West and with a lot of work to do to get back in the playoff mix in the West.

To reach the 49 wins it took to make the playoffs in the West last season, the Thunder need to go 45-21 the rest of the way, a 68.2 win percentage. That is doable, they won 72 percent of their games last season (despite Westbrook missing time), but this season they might need to do an even better than that — while it’s ridiculously early in the season the West’s current eight seed (Phoenix) is on a 51-win pace.

Report: Knicks worried Carmelo Anthony’s back issue may be season-long concern

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony was forced out of Monday night’s game against the Rockets with back spasms, and he was dealing with severe pain long after the game was finished.

Anthony has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s contest in Dallas, and it’s unlikely he plays Friday when the team visits Oklahoma City.

The Knicks haven’t been very good even with Anthony in the fold, but without him, it’s tough to see how they can create enough offense to compete most nights. And with the tricky nature of this particular injury, the team is reportedly concerned that it could linger as the season progresses.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

A grimacing Anthony hobbled out of Monday’s game with 1:45 left in the first half and tried to fight off the pain in the locker room. He was still in pain nearly two hours later and was sent to an urgent-care facility to receive heavy-duty pain medication that was not kept at the arena, according the Knicks.

It appears Anthony injured his back landing awkwardly after a jump shot. It’s unclear if the injury is related to a more chronic disk issue. …

The concerns are whether this becomes a season-long issue and related to the disk. Amar’e Stoudemire experienced severe back spasms in the 2011 playoffs after a pregame trick-dunk maneuver. It wasn’t until much later the Knicks revealed he had damage to his disk.

It seems unnecessary for Knicks fans to completely panic at this point, mainly because this season was expected to be somewhat of a lost cause before it even started.

The plan, though, was for Anthony to use this year to get acclimated to the intricacies of playing within the Triangle Offense, and for Phil Jackson to evaluate which of the players currently in place would be good fits for the system as he looks at future ways of reshaping the roster.

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If Anthony is sidelined for an extended period of time, that obviously throws a wrench into things. Of greater concern is that he is in the first year of a contract that will guarantee him $123 million over five seasons, and if something serious occurs from an injury standpoint, the team will be doomed for years to come.

With all of that being said, Anthony is only slated to miss two games for now, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Carmelo Anthony listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game at Dallas

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony left New York’s loss to the Rockets on Monday with back spasms, and was unable to return.

He was in too much pain afterward to speak to reporters, and his discomfort continued a day later to the point where he was held out of practice.

From Knicks PR:

Carmelo Anthony did not practice today in Dallas with the team and is listed as doubtful for tomorrow with back spasms.

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The Knicks will be hard-pressed to even compete if Anthony is unable to go, considering they’ll be facing a Mavericks team that not only boasts the league’s best offense, but is coming off of an embarrassing home loss to a similarly undermanned Pacers squad.

Anthony leads the Knicks in scoring with an average of 23.2 points per contest, while Amar’e Stoudemire is second on the team in scoring with an 11.7 points per game average.