Posted Feb 18, 2014 12:04 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Injured Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will return Thursday against the Miami Heat, his teammate, Kevin Durant said in a recent interview with Grantland's Bill Simmons.
Westbrook has missed 27 games since having surgery on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee -- the third procedure in nine months.
The three-time NBA All-Star tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of the playoffs last April. Westbrook underwent an operation after that injury and had another procedure on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch.
Oklahoma City went 20-7 this season without him.
The Thunder didn't immediately respond to calls and emails regarding Westbrook's status.
Oklahoma City (43-12) entered the NBA All-Star break with the league's best record.
|Top 10 Dunks: Vegas Summer League|
Slam and jam your way through the Top 10 dunks from the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League.
|Top 10 Plays: Vegas Summer League Rookies|
Check out the top 10 rookie plays from the 2014 Summer League games in Las Vegas.
|Top 10 Plays: Las Vegas Summer League|
Check out the top 10 plays from the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League.
|All-Access: Zach LaVine|
Take a look behind the scenes with Wolves rookie guard Zach LaVine before during and after his first Summer League game in Las Vegas.
|All Access: Championship Celebration|
Go behind-the-scenes with the Kings during their Summer League Championship celebration.