Thunder star Russell Westbrook is taking a well-deserved break Tuesday night against the Timberwolves, OKC coach Billy Donovan announced Tuesday.
"He's been unbelievable the way he's played, the way he's led," Donovan said. "Sitting down and talking to him, talking to the medical staff, this was an opportunity [to rest him], but at the end of the day it's his decision of how he feels and trying to capitalize on maybe taking a day off, a game off, and I get that.
"Ultimately, he's going to be the one who's going to make that decision. ... At the end of the day, he was the one who also really felt that, OK, this would be a good day. I think myself and our medical staff really agreed with him that this would be a good opportunity to get some rest."
Westbrook capped off a historic game Sunday, when he not only broke Oscar Robertson's single-season triple-double record, but he scored the game-winning 3 against the Nuggets. In his 42nd triple-double, Westbrook dominated with 50 points,16 rebounds and 10 assists.
Westbrook is in the running to become the league's MVP withcareer-best averages of 31.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. It's unclear if Westbrook will rest for the team's regular-season finale against the Nuggets on Wednesday.
"I mean, he wants to play," Donovan said. "I think he understands big picture. We have two games left. We know what we're doing in the playoffs and who we're playing against. I think he knows this is good for him. This is good for him physically. This is good for him to get a rest and have some time to make some decisions on tomorrow's game with what we're going to do with him.
"He's a competitor, he wants to play, but he also knows there's something bigger out there. I think taking this time is important."