Gorgui Dieng

Thunder star Russell Westbrook resting against Timberwolves

Russell Westbrook is finally taking a night off.

The Oklahoma City star is resting for the game on Tuesday night in Minnesota, the first time this season he has missed a game. With the Thunder locked into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoff field and only two games left on the schedule, coach Billy Donovan said the time was right to give their MVP candidate a rest.

"He's played 80 games. He's been unbelievable in the way he's played, the way he's led," Donovan said after the team's morning shootaround. "This was a game that, sitting down and talking to him and the medical staff, this was an opportunity."

Donovan said the decision...