Sources: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday

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A mark is visible is seen on the right cheek of Russell Westbrook. (AP)
A mark is visible is seen on the right cheek of Russell Westbrook. (AP)

After missing one game because of a facial surgery, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will likely return Wednesday night against Philadelphia – wearing a protective mask, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

There is still a final determination to be made, but Westbrook is expected to play barring an unforeseen setback, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Westbrook is scheduled to go through parts of the Thunder's practice on Tuesday, a league source said.

Westbrook suffered a fracture of the cheekbone on Friday night in Portland and underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Westbrook has been on a historic run, delivering three straight triple-doubles and averaging 31.2 points, 10.3 assists and 9.1 rebounds in the month of February. Westbrook has pushed himself into the MVP discussion and the Thunder (33-27) into the eighth seed of the Western Conference playoff race.

Thunder star Kevin Durant has been sidelined six consecutive games with a foot injury.

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