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Russell Westbrook injury: Thunder PG cleared, will play Sunday vs. Suns

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has passed all of his medical tests as he recovers from offseason surgery and will play against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman

All parties involved, including his representatives, personal physicians and the team medical staff, are in agreement that he has passed every benchmark necessary to resume playing. The news comes as a surprise since he was slated originally to be out until mid-December. While he’ll likely see limited minutes under close supervision as he works his way into the rotation, it’s an encouraging sign for the Thunder, who will likely contend for the Western Conference title.

The former UCLA star and Southern California native averaged 34.9 minutes per game last season in which he made his third consecutive All Star appearance.  Reggie Jackson will likely move from the starting role into sixth man duty as a result, despite Westbrook’s limitations.  

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