OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Star guard Russell Westbrook returns to the starting lineup for the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Miami Heat tonight, the team news confirmed.
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Westbrook has been out of action since December and missed 27 games since when undergoing his third knee surgery in nine months to deal with swelling in his injured right knee. He practiced fully with the team on Wednesday and has returned to the lineup.
“[I am] happy, blessed to be back on the floor with my teammates,” Westbrook about his return.
Earlier an exciting Thunder president Sam Presti confirmed in a statement: “We are all very excited to have Russell back.
“He has worked extremely hard throughout his rehabilitation, and his addition will allow us to build on the progress we have made in his absence.”
Westbrook comes in for Reggie Jackson.
The game is expected to be centered around the clash between Miami’s LeBron James v Kevin Durant of the Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook (PG) Thabo Sefolosha (SG) Kevin Durant (SF) Serge Ibaka (PF) Kendrick Perkins (C)
Miami Heat: Mario Chalmers (PG) Dwyane Wade (SG) LeBron James (SF) Shane Battier (PF) Chris Bosh (C)