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The Thunder’s outlook could be improving very soon

Prior to the 2014-2015 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder were on the very short list of teams critics thought would come out of the west. Since then, they’ve suffered so many injuries, at one point there were more players on the mend than there were players available to suit up–including Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, two of the NBA’s Top 10 scorers. As it stands right now, the Thunder are dead last in the top-heavy Western Conference with a record of 3-11, and they’re second-to-last in points per game, only the 76ers have a worse offense.

However, it appears things are looking up. According to a NewsOK report, Westbrook and Durant could be back as early as the end of next week. As per the report, Durant and Westbrook have been practicing lightly and alone on their surgically repaired limbs (Westbrook, hand; Durant, foot), but on Saturday, they’ll participate in prats of whole team practices.


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. 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.

The report went on to state that there’s a chance both stars could see game action by the end of next week.

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.