Russell Westbrook has been battling through injury this season and the Oklahoma City Thunder star is now dealing with an ankle sprain. Unfortunately, he’ll miss another game when the Thunder take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Royce Young of ESPN is reporting that there is no timetable on a return yet because they want to see how he will respond to treatment.
Update on Russell Westbrook: More tests and evaluation confirmed an ankle sprain and nothing more. Looked worse than it actually is. He's out against the Cavs tomorrow (still traveling with the team) and before determining a timeline they want to see how he responds to treatment.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 6, 2018
Russ missed the first two games of the season — both losses — but returned to the court on Oct. 21 to take on the Sacramento Kings. After losing two more games with Westbrook, the Thunder were off to an ugly 0-4 start. But then Westbrook went on a run and helped the Thunder to rip off four quick wins and bring their record back to .500. The Thunder also managed to hold off the Pelicans to climb to 5-4 despite Westbrook leaving with an injury after a lackluster performance.
During that stretch, Russell Westbrook averaged 26.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game. His critics would love to point to his 14.3 percent three-point percentage, but his 55.1 field goal percentage makes up for his struggles from beyond the arc.
Love him or hate him, Russell Westbrook is a dynamic player who makes the Thunder better when he’s on the court. Whether or not he can lead his team to a championship is a whole different question entirely, but his value to Oklahoma City on a nightly basis shouldn’t be questioned.
Oklahoma City fans will wait with bated breath to hear how he is responding to treatment.