Report: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Could Return Next Week

by November 22, 2014

Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are reportedly getting closer to a return. They looked good in individual workouts this week and will participate in portions of Saturday’s practice, according to The duo could play as soon as the end of next week, with Westbrook looking closer to being ready to play:

When the Thunder’s Friday morning shootaround opened for reporters, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were seen on a far court, continuing to intensify their individual workouts.


Wearing a protective splint, Westbrook dribbled and shot with his surgically repaired right hand. Durant, meanwhile, rose off his surgically repaired right foot for a pair of easy dunks.


“They had good workouts the last couple days,” coach Scott Brooks said.


And the positive injury news didn’t stop there. Brooks also revealed that the two superstars will participate in parts of Thunder practice on Saturday afternoon — the first team work for either since their injuries.


“Probably not any of the contact stuff,” Brooks said. “(But) they will go through some of our practice and we’ll go from there.”


The two seem to be healing at an accelerated rate and a return by the end of next week – particularly for Westbrook – isn’t out of the question.