Russell Westbrook out vs. Cavs
CLEVELAND -- Oklahoma City All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook sat out Thursday night's 102-95 win over the Cavaliers to rest his right knee.
Westbrook had surgery earlier this season, and the team is being careful with one of its star players. Oklahoma City plays Friday night in Toronto, and coach Scott Brooks said part of Westbrook's post-surgery protocol is to occasionally sit out when the team has back-to-back games.
Reggie Jackson started at point for Westbrook, who averages 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. Jackson will make his 32nd start this season.
The Cavs, too, were without two of their best players. All-Star Kyrie Irving is expected to be out two weeks with a strained biceps tendon, and forward Luol Deng missed his second game in a row with a sore ankle.
Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press
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