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Thunder’s Russell Westbrook making season debut vs. Kings

Russell Westbrook, Thunder

The wait is finally over for Oklahoma City Thunder fans. Star point guard Russell Westbrook will make his season debut Sunday at home against the Sacramento Kings.

Westbrook, who underwent surgery on his right knee on Sept. 12, missed the entire preseason and the first two games of the season on the road. The Thunder lost to the Golden State Warriors on opening night, and then fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2.

Russell Westbrook will not be on a minutes restriction versus the Kings. Dennis Schroder, who started for the Thunder in Westbrook’s place, will come off the bench now. OKC acquired Schroder this offseason from the Atlanta Hawks in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Westbrook is one of the best players in the NBA and an explosive talent. He has averaged a triple-double for two seasons in a row, and he won the 2017 MVP award as well.

Last season, Westbrook posted averages of 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game during the regular-season. The 29-year-old shot 44.9 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Thunder only scored 92 points in their loss to the Clippers, so the addition of Westbrook into the lineup is a much-needed one for OKC.