It’s a star-studded NBA on TNT doubleheader this Thursday night with potentially four former league MVPs taking the court in the two games – although one might sit out with an ankle injury and in the second of a back-to-back.
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The opening game of the twin-bill is Houston at Oklahoma City, featuring the NBA’s past two MVPs in the Rockets’ James Harden and the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook. However, the status of Mr. Triple-Double is definitely in doubt. OKC is just starting to play well and won its fifth straight game Monday but Westbrook left with what is being called a sprained left ankle in the third quarter against the Pelicans.
The injury looked severe on replays, but X-rays were negative. Still, it seems unlikely that Westbrook will go because it will be the second of a back-to-back for Oklahoma City as it visited a terrible Cleveland team on Wednesday night – in which Westbrook sat. Then again, Westbrook is so competitive that he’ll surely want to play against his former teammate and now rival Harden. The Rockets opened at -4.5 but that line could change depending on Westbrook’s status.