Head coach Billy Donovan revealed today that Russell Westbrook did go through his first full practice of training camp, while Patrick Patterson went through scripted non-contact drills.
Alex Abrines did not practice and will not play Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans along with Patterson.
Donovan said that Westbrook will be “reassessed” tomorrow to determine whether or not he will make his preseason debut. He also said that if he is able to go, he may be on a slight minutes restriction.
“There’s a possibility he could (play),” Donovan said. “There’s a chance he couldn’t. I think a lot’s gonna depend on, if he does go, how many minutes he would be able to play. Or it may be a situation where he says ‘I maybe need a little bit more rest.'”
Westbrook has been limited in preseason training camp in the wake of his platelet rich plasma injection procedure he had prior to camp. Patterson and Abrines are still recovering from minor injuries that don’t seem to concern the team for their status going forward.
“Russ is a guy that he can take two months off he can come back and play well,” Carmelo Anthony said today at practice.
If Westbrook is unable to play, Raymond Felton will get his second start at point guard in the preseason. Felton, a 14-year NBA veteran, started 11 games in the 2016-17 season for the LA Clippers.
He got the start on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets and recorded nine points and three assists in 18:29 minutes of play.
Patterson’s injury stems from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in August while Abrines’ left knee strain from international play continues to keep him from full practice.
“It difficult to put a time frame on anyone,” Donovan said last week on Patterson and Abrines’ status . “But it’s not something we think is long term.”
Reserves Jerami Grant, Semaj Christon and Terrance Ferguson will likely get more minutes for the rest of preseason.
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