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Russell Westbrook listed as out for season opener against Warriors

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Golden State will likely begin their season against a compromised Thunder squad.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors will finally begin their quest to three-peat on Tuesday night, but it won’t be quite the game that some were anticipating. The Warriors will raise their banners at Oracle Arena before kicking off the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Thunder will likely be compromised.

Russell Westbrook - a seven-time All-Star and the 2017 NBA MVP - is currently listed as out for the Thunder.

Westbrook is rehabbing from a minor knee surgery in September, and hasn’t played in any preseason games. He is, however, practicing, and it is possible that the team upgrades his status before the game.

Without Westbrook, the Thunder are not only missing their best player, but the energetic motor that drives their team. Quite simply, the matchup is a little bit less fun.

For the Warriors, they have a few dents and dings of their own. Draymond Green, who missed three preseason games due to a sore knee, will have his minutes watched, while Shaun Livingston is questionable due to a sore foot.