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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has insisted that he can’t win games by himself and so the entire team will have to step up in Kevin Durant’s absence.
Durant will be sidelined for between six to eight weeks because of a Jones fracture in his right foot after notifying the team’s medical staff of an aching pain in his foot. An X-ray confirmed the small broken bone at the base of the small toe.
With the reigning league MVP ruled out for up to two months of the start of the new season, the attention has switched to Westbrook and how he will be able to lead the Thunder without their star. However, the point guard is adamant that it will take more than just him to cope.
“It’s not about me. It’s about our team. I can’t win games by myself. I can’t do anything by myself,” Westbrook said Monday.
“I kind of want to take the attention off me and put it more on the team. Everybody keeps asking what I’m going to do and how I’m going to change. I think it’s more about our team and what we can do.”
Durant led the league in scoring last season with 32 points per game while averaging 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists with coach Scott Brooks insisting that there is no way of replacing him and so the franchise will look to put themselves in the best possible position ahead of his return to action.
Meanwhile, Westbrook missed 36 games himself last season because of on-going issues with his knee, but after storming back to action and averaging 35 points and 6.3 assists as the Thunder went 20-7, he believes that Durant will come back stronger from the setback.
Brooks also insisted that no other team is feeling sorry for them as he hasn’t had a text from other coaches hoping to “postpone the season”, so they will continue without Durant and hope he makes a speedy and full recovery.