They say there isn’t too much to be happy about right now if you’re an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. I say there’s nothing for those fans worry about. While most of the world overreacts to everything, wise fans and analysts worldwide know that the Thunder will be just fine. It’s amazing how many articles have already been written that seem to be writing the Thunder off this early in the season. The misconception is that the Thunder are somehow supposed to be the same, dominant team without their star point guard Russell Westbrook in the lineup. Well, we don’t have to worry about that anymore. The Thunder’s Facebook page posted that Westbrook has indeed been cleared to play tonight against the Phoenix Suns.
It hasn’t been confirmed whether or not he’ll actually be in the lineup, but it’s great news for the Thunder and their fans. After two games this season, we saw just how bad the Thunder can struggle without Westbrook in the lineup. They were able to sneak by the Utah Jazz in their season opener, but then were blown out by the Minnesota Timberwolves in their second game of this early season. The Thunder offense is clearly not the same without their All-Star running the show. Kevin Durant has to do too much, and that’s really hard for him when opposing teams turn all of their focus on him. Whether you agree or not, the Thunder need Westbrook in the lineup. Durant could lead them to the playoffs without him, but I doubt they’d get far. Westbrook gives them that one-two punch that every organization looks to build their teams on nowadays.
It’s the age of the superstar, and the return of this star is huge news for the entire league. Although no one wishes injuries on players, teams would rather face a Thunder team with Westbrook on the sidelines; he creates extremely difficult matchup problems for opposing teams. I couldn’t be happier for Westbrook and the Thunder. Every team deserves to be at full health, especially to begin the season. With all the newly circulated talent around the league, the Thunder needs all the help they can get. Westbrook’s return immediately puts the Thunder back in the title hunt. He’s that good, and he’ll only get better.