OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook is entering new territory.
For the first time in his career, the ultra-athletic Oklahoma City Thunder point guard will be without Kevin Durant for an extended period of time. Durant, the reigning NBA MVP and scoring champion, was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his right foot and had surgery on Oct. 16. His status will be evaluated six weeks after the surgery date.
Westbrook is the logical choice to pick up some of the scoring load. The three-time All-Star was dominant during last season's playoffs, averaging 26.7 points, 8.1 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 19 games. He said his role won't change with Durant out.