Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder got a huge lift to their starting lineup tonight against the Phoenix Suns. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook made his 2013 debut and showed little to no rust at all.
Durant has been playing as well as you could expect of him in the first two games of the NBA season, but his team was only 1-1. As it has been shown throughout the years, it is a lot easier to win as a team when you have more than one superstar in your lineup. This is where the return of Westbrook couldn’t have come at a better time.
If the Thunder continued struggling early on in the season and they fell behind in the standings, would they have been able to make up enough ground to get home court advantage in the playoffs once Russell returned? Luckily for them, the answer to that question will forever remain a mystery because Westbrook is back and by the way he played tonight, he’s ready to help this team immediately.
For those out there who thought the Thunder weren’t going to be as good as predicted, it’s time to eat those words. Oklahoma City will be just fine. Westbrook only missed two games and he looked very good in his return to the court this evening. I expect Russell to once again be an all-star this season and prove that not everyone who returns from injury needs a few games to get their legs back under them.
The duo of Durant and Westbrook may be the best in the entire NBA. Now that they’re back together, the rest of the league is now put on notice. The Thunder is for real and a trip to the finals may quite possibly still be in the cards.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org