Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (quad) to be reassessed ahead of NBA playoffs


Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook’s availability for the start of the NBA playoffs is uncertain after an MRI revealed a strained muscle in his right quadriceps, the team announced Wednesday.Westbrook will not play in the remainder of the standings calendar and will be reassessed before the playoffs start next week.

The team had planned for Westbrook to be absent from Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers to rest, but he has now been ruled out from Friday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Westbrook, who had arrived late to the Walt Disney World campus from the NBA because he tested positive for COVID-19, first experienced pain in his right quadriceps after the Rockets’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers August 4. two games due to a contusion of the right quad, according to the team.

He played 28 minutes in Houston’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, registering 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.

Westbrook, a nine-time All-Star acquired in a successful trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game in his first season with the Rockets.


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