As expected, Russell Westbrook listed as “out” vs. Rockets Thursday

Getty Images

Russell Westbrook‘s sprained ankle against the Pelicans may not have been as bad as it looked, but it also was clearly a legit sprain. The kind that keeps players out for a week or two.

Which leads to this: As expected, the Thunder have listed Westbrook as out for Thursday night’s game against Oklahoma City. This is the second game Westbrook has missed due to the injury. This also is Carmelo Anthony’s return to OKC.

The Thunder are on the second night of a back-to-back, coming off a hard-fought win against Cleveland last night on the road. Westbrook, and of course Andre Roberson (likely not back until closer to Christmas or later) are the only two players not scheduled to suit up for the Thunder.

Eric Gordon remains questionable for the Rockets, a team that has looked much better in its last couple of games, not-so-coincidentally since James Harden returned.