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Westbrook had his third consecutive 30-point game Friday against the Lakers, dropping 31 (9-22 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 13-13 FT) in 36 minutes.
With Kevin Durant out, Westbrook was the primary offensive option for the Thunder. He's now scored over 30 points in five of his 11 games since returning from injury at the end of November. Westbrook is on fire, and certainly isn't being held back by any ailments. Friday, Westbrook completed a double-double by picking up 10 assists and also had five rebounds.
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Westbrook scored 33 points (11-30 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 8-12 FT) and added three rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 40 minutes on Thursday against the Warriors.
If Kevin Durant (ankle) is going to miss any time you can expect this kind of production from Westbrook. He is not afraid to shoot the ball even though he has one of the purest shooters in the game in Durant, so when Durant leaves - he really isn't afraid to shoot. Westbrook took 30 shots in this game, that's Kobe Bryant like.
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Westbrook scored 28 points (7-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 13-13 FT) with eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 27 minutes during Sunday's victory against the Suns.
Westbrook is dominating lately, despite a guard on his right hand, and he looks like a man on a mission to take his Thunder to the playoffs. His efficiency has been a strong point, shooting 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line on 8.7 attempts for the season.
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Westbrook scored 34 points (12-19 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 8-9 FT) Friday in a win over the Timberwolves, his most since returning from injury late in November.
Westbrook also had six rebounds and six assists in this game, and seemed to have his pre-injury explosiveness back. This was also the first game that both Westbrook and Kevin Durant had played together on the second night of a back-to-back this season.
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Westbrook came close to a triple-double on Thursday in 36 minutes of action. He recorded 26 points (12-24 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, eight assists, and one steal with four turnovers.
Westbrook had the green light on Thursday with his 24 field goal attempts. He was only a few assists and rebounds away from a triple-double and appears to have hit the ground running, coming back into action recently from injury. Start Westbrook with confidence in all fantasy formats.
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Westbrook was just three assists short of a triple double on Sunday. He closed the day with 22 points (9-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-6 FT) 11 rebounds, and seven assists in 35 minutes.
Westbrook has some kinks to work out in his shot, as seen by the fact that he was struggling to find his shot from the field and the line in this game. He's still an explosive enough player to make an impact on the game, but he hasn't exactly played elite level competition yet. However, just seeing him progress is reassuring to owners worried that he may have come back early.
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Westbrook scored 21 points (6-20 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT), with seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Pelicans.
Westbrook has been welcomed with open arms by fantasy owners, and obviously by the Thunder fans. He had another solid game tonight, and looks completely ready to help lead this team back into contention.
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Westbrook (hand) returned to the starting lineup Friday after missing 14 games. He scored 32 points (12-17 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and added seven rebounds, eight assists, and a steal in 24 minutes.
The most impressive thing about Westbrook's return has to be that he played only 24 minutes, but still managed to fill the box score so completely. But the 24 minutes were not the result of a minutes cap - the Thunder were up by 32 points by the end of the third quarter, and so all of the starters were rested late. Westbrook has immediately regained his value as a top-10 fantasy producer.
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Westbrook (hand) will start Friday against the Knicks and won't be limited by a minute restriction, The Oklahoman reports.
Westbrook has only played two games for the Thunder this season but appears to be healthy enough to take on a full workload Friday. His reinsertion into the starting lineup will push Reggie Jackson to the bench. Despite the long time away from the court, Westbrook should be deployed in all formats moving forward.
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Westbrook (hand) could return to the lineup as early as Friday against the Knicks, The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry reports. "I don't know," coach Scott Brooks said when asked if a target date of Friday is too early. "I just focus on his work that he put in today and just continue to build off that. He will get evaluated later on this week and then we can make some of those decisions later on."
It seems like a bit of a long shot that Westbrook could return this week, but he has a history of beating timetables on injuries in the past. Westbrook, along with Kevin Durant, took part in most of the contact drills during Monday's practice, marking the first time that has happened for both players. In the meantime, Reggie Jackson continues to be a fantasy force with Westbrook out.