Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook will play tonight against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center.
The 25-year-old Westbrook, who underwent his third knee surgery in roughly nine months on December 27, was shelved Friday in Houston.
Since returning from his latest procedure, the 6-foot-3, 194-pound Westbrook has averaged 21.3 points, 6.9 assists and 5.6 rebounds over 41 games.
A spectacular athlete, defender and playmaker, Westbrook helped Oklahoma City (55-20) capture their fourth consecutive Northwest Division crown last month.
Westbrook’s style is predicated off of explosiveness and slashing movements to the basket.
Provided the three-time All-Star remains healthy, Westbrook and Oklahoma City could again represent the Western Conference in June’s finals.
However, to face the Heat for the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, Oklahoma City will need to trump the San Antonio Spurs.
Backed by the rowdiest home crowd in the association, a sturdy Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, and an overall solid supporting cast can lead Oklahoma City over San Antonio.
Ultimately, Russell Westbrook’s troublesome joint may determine if it’s a glorious springtime in “The 405.”by