Thunder news: Russell Westbrook out vs. Rockets
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Thunder’s Russell Westbrook out vs. Rockets

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Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook will not play Thursday night at home against the Houston Rockets, according to head coach Billy Donovan.

Westbrook suffered a sprained left ankle on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans. The seven-time All-Star missed Wednesday’s game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers as well.

In seven games this season, Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists while shooting 48.9 percent from the field. The explosive guard is shooting a woeful 10.0 percent from beyond the arc and 63.5 percent from the free-throw line. Expect those numbers, though, to increase as the season moves along.

The Thunder have to be relieved that Russell Westbrook suffered only an ankle sprain. It looked like a much worse ailment when it first happened. Westbrook was screaming in pain and needed help being carried to the locker room.

OKC acquired Dennis Schröder from the Atlanta Hawks in the Carmelo Anthony trade over the summer. Unlike past seasons, the Thunder now have a high-level backup point guard. Schröder is averaging 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game with OKC and shooting 42.4 percent from the floor, 30.6 percent from the 3-point line and 79.1 percent from the charity stripe.

The Thunder enter Thursday with a 6-4 record They are on a six-game winning streak.