Westbrook out, Adams a game-time decision vs. Warriors
NBA.com Global on Oct 17, 2018 07:12 AM
FILE - NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes to the basket against the New York Knicks on December 16, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Hopes that former Kia MVP winner Russell Westbrook would suit up for the Oklahoma City Thunder's season-opening game have been dashed, it seems.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan told reporters today that Westbrook -- who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery he had on his right knee in September -- will remain sidelined against the Golden State Warriors tonight. Additionally, Donovan said the Thunder are taking a wait-and-see approach with center Steven Adams for tonight's game. He has been bothered of late by stiffness in his lower back.
Billy Donovan says Russell Westbrook is out, Steven Adams is a wait and see against the Warriors.— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 16, 2018
Per Thunder: Russell Westbrook will miss tonight’s season opener against the Golden State Warriors.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 16, 2018
Billy Donovan said Steven Adams started to experience his lower back stiffness on Sunday, was held out of Monday’s practice.— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 16, 2018
Westbrook's absence means guard Dennis Schroder is likely to get the start vs. the Warriors. If Adams cannot suit up, the Thunder have several other frontcourt options, including big man Nerlens Noel, whom OKC signed in free agency this summer.
Adams played well in the preseason for OKC, averaging 11 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
The Thunder were active in the offseason, parting ways with Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks that netted them Schroder. Additionally, they re-signed All-Star swingman Paul George and defensive-minded forward Jerami Grant while also picking up Noel, TLuwawu-Cabarrot and Abdel Nader in other transactions.