OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Russell Westbrook makes a shocking return for the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night after being cleared to make a quick return than expected.
Westbrook is back in the starting line-up, replacing Reggie Jackson.
“I’m just happy to be back on the floor,” Westbrook said ahead of the Thunder home opener.
“Rehab is a tough process. I’m going to continue to rehab throughout the season, before the game, whatever I need to do to stay healthy throughout the year.
“It’s a tough process, but I’m thankful for . everybody that supported me throughout the process.”
Oklahoma City (1-1) will take on a new-look Phoenix (2-0) team which has started the season impressively, following their active movement during the trade this summer.
The Thunder comes into this game on the back of a 100-81 defeat at the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the picked up an 87-84 victory over the Utah Jazz in their last game.
Phoenix Suns Line-up: Goran Dragic (PG) Eric Bledsoe (SG) P.J. Tucker (SF) Markieff Morris (PF) Miles Plumlee (C)
Oklahoma City Thunder Line-up: Russell Westbrook (PG) Russell Westbrook (SG) Kevin Durant (SF) Serge Ibaka (PF) Kendrick Perkins (C)