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Oklahoma City Thunder duo Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook returned to practice on Monday for the first time since both went down with injuries.
The star duo participated with the team on Monday and coach Scott Brooks was pleased with what he saw from them as he revealed that they “looked good”.
Durant is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot while Westbrook was sidelined by a broken hand as the Thunder slipped off the pace in the Western Conference in their absence.
Oklahoma City are currently 3-12 for the season and host the New York Knicks on Friday, however Brooks was non-committal on whether or not either Westbrook or Durant would feature that soon.
“This week, I don’t know what day, they’ll get evaluated and we’ll go from there,” Brooks said. “They’ll continue to go through this process and when they’re ready — 100 percent ready — they’ll play.”
It is understood that Westbrook is the more likely to feature at some stage later this week or early next, with Brooks insisting that the re-evaluation will give them more answers over when they will be ready.
However, what is clear is that he will be thankful to receive such a boost ahead of December with the Thunder bottom of the Western Conference standings after 15 games.
They are currently only five games adrift of a playoff spot, but it remains to be seen if both Durant and Westbrook can immediately step back in and have an impact and if they are fully recovered and will avoid any setbacks during competitive action.