Westbrook was a bit out of sync at times after sitting out Sunday’s game.
Occasional rest is part of the plan after he missed 27 games following his most recent surgery, his third procedure since he injured the knee in the playoffs last April, and the Thunder are in a busy stretch.
The games against Dallas and Chicago were the first of three back-to-backs on Oklahoma City’s schedule by March 25.
Notes: Westbrook insisted Chicago’s Derrick Rose can make a strong return from his latest season-ending knee surgery. The two have trained together in the offseason.
“I talked to him numerous times,” Westbrook said. “He’s a tough guy as you guys know. He does a great job of coming out, competing. It’s unfortunate that he had to be hurt and he’ll be out another year, but he’s going to come back the same D-Rose he was before.” ... Bulls backup F Tornike Shengelia was out with flu-like symptoms. ... The Bulls wore green jerseys in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
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