Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook makes season debut Sunday night against Kings

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Russell Westbrook (NBA Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook is back.

After missing all of training camp and the first two games of the 2018-19 regular season due to an offseason knee procedure, the former MVP returned to action when the Thunder hosted the Kings Sunday night.

In his debut, Westbrook came close to recording a triple-double, finishing with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but Oklahoma City fell to 0-3 after an 11-point loss to Sacramento.

OKC struggled in Westbrook's absence, starting off the season with losses to the Warriors and Clippers. Dennis Schröder, who started in place of Westbrook, followed a solid performance at Golden State with a rough outing in Los Angeles.

As a starter, Schröder averaged 14.5 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 26.5 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from deep. Westbrook's return means Schröder shifts to a reserve role where he should see success as the head of OKC's second unit.

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Schröder scored 14 points, dished eight assists and pulled down four rebounds in the loss to the Kings.

The Thunder's next game is Thursday when they host the Boston Celtics.

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