The Oklahoma City Thunder will need to win some basketball games without their best player. Russell Westbrook is out Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers due to a right ankle sprain.
Westbrook rolled his ankle with 4:30 left in the third quarter. Oklahoma City went on to beat the Pelicans and win their fifth straight game but held on without Westbrook.
ESPN’s Royce Young thinks it’s going to be Monday against Phoenix, or maybe as early as Saturday against the Mavericks.
So it'll be kind of a day to day thing to see where Westbrook is at in terms of return to play. OKC plays Thursday against the Rockets, though that's a back-to-back with no practice or shootaround to test it, so more likely eyeing next week against Dallas or Phoenix.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 6, 2018
Oklahoma City is already 0-2 without Westbrook this season. They almost beat the Warriors but faltered late against the Clippers.
Dennis Schröder will start in place of Westbrook, as he did the first two games of the season without Westbrook. He averaged 14.5 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds in two starts against Golden State and the Clippers.
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