The Oklahoma City Thunder got some good news this weekend as Russell Westbrook suffered only minor damage to his surgically repaired right knee.
It’s unclear, however, if the star point guard will suit up for the Thunder’s return home from an unbeaten road trip Monday night against the Denver Nuggets.
Westbrook was forced to leave Friday’s game in Toronto after banging his knee against the Raptors guard Kyle Lowry’s leg in the third quarter. An MRI and an exam Saturday revealed only a minor sprain and Westbrook was allowed to participate fully in practice.
"I felt great after the game, but we had to make sure that everything was good," Westbrook told the league’s website. "It’s just a light sprain and I’ll be all right."
Kevin Durant made sure Oklahoma City (51-18) finished 3-0 on its trip by helping lead a furious rally in double overtime Friday. The Thunder trailed by eight with 49 seconds left before Durant and Derek Fisher combined for a trio of 3-pointers.
Durant provided the go-ahead shot with 1.7 seconds to go, and finished with 51 points and 12 rebounds. The NBA’s scoring leader has 25 or more points in 34 consecutive games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan’s 40 in a row in 1986-87.
Durant scored 30 against Denver on Jan. 9 in the second game of that streak, but Oklahoma City lost 101-88 with Westbrook recovering from his third surgery on his right knee.
The Thunder won the first two games in this season’s series with Westbrook playing in both. He had 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Oklahoma City’s only other home matchup in 2013-14, a 115-113 victory Nov. 18.
Westbrook is averaging 30.6 points, 6.9 assists and 6.8 rebounds in his last nine games against Denver, but coach Scott Brooks wouldn’t say if he would play in this upcoming one. Westbrook has been sitting out half of the team’s back-to-back games since returning in February and his minutes have been carefully monitored.
The Thunder are visiting Dallas on Tuesday night.
"I will let you know at the appropriate time when he will play," Brooks said. "When he went down, it was obviously a concern. I’m just glad everything turned out well."
Durant is averaging 33.0 points in his past four matchups with Denver and has scored at least 30 in the three this season.
Durant scored 38 points in the home victory in November and is averaging 35.3 while shooting 53.2 percent in his last seven matchups in Oklahoma City.
The Nuggets (32-38) will seek their sixth win in eight games Monday, but they’ve lost their past two on the road. Before heading out on a two-game trip, Denver edged Washington 105-102 on Sunday, forcing the Wizards to commit a season-high 24 turnovers.
Aaron Brooks made four free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the win, and Kenneth Faried scored 20 points after being held to six in a loss in Dallas on Friday.
"I want (us) to get at least over .500," Faried said. "We know we’re not going to make the playoffs, but we’re going to keep fighting."
Before the game, the Nuggets lost J.J Hickson to a torn right ACL. He joins Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson on this team’s season-ending injury list.
Wilson Chandler didn’t play Sunday because of a strained left hip, and Jan Vesely left the game in the third quarter with a bruised rib cage.