Russell Westbrook injury update: Thunder star reportedly hoping to return against Kings

Russell Westbrook is hoping to return to the court soon.

The 29-year-old Thunder star has missed the first two games of the season as he continues to recover from an offseason knee procedure. Westbrook, however, has been increasing his practice workload and is aiming to play Sunday against the Kings, according to a report from ESPN.

“A lot of it is (Westbrook) and the medical staff talking to each other and him giving feedback,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “In my conversations with him, it’s always how he’s feeling the next day.

“I think for him, he needs to be right because you don’t want to have something lingering.”

The Thunder have lost both of its games without its point guard. But Paul George said the team isn’t panicking.

 “We’ve got one of the best players coming back to our team at some point,” George said. “But, I take a lot of pressure on that. I’ve still got to get this group ready to go. I’ve got to get this group ready to win games regardless if Russ is out there or if Russ is not.”

Westbrook, the 2017 NBA MVP, averaged 25.4 points and 10.3 assists in 80 games last season.

Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder has averaged 14.5 points but shot just 26.5 percent from the field in Westbrook’s place.