Russell Westbrook revealed that he played through a torn quad at the start of his Wizards career. This was why he got off to a slow start.
The Washington Wizards are currently one of the in-form teams of the league. Much like the 2016-17 Miami Heat, they’ve stormed back from a near .300 record to make it a playoff race.
With Bradley Beal’s scoring and Westbrook pushing the pace on offense, they have all the makings of a dark horse. This marks a stark contrast to those points of the season when they were down bad.
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Washington were 3-12, 6-17 and 17-32 at various points earlier this season. But with a strong showing over the past 5 weeks, they have improved to a much more respectable 30-35.
Russell Westbrook reveals that he played through injury at the start of the season
As many of us suspected, Westbrook was indeed playing through a debilitating injury at the start of his Wizards stint. He confirmed as much in his post-game interview today.
“At the end of last season, there were a lot of conversations about if I can play or not, but my quad was torn. And then unfortunately, at the start of this season, I tore my other one.”
Westbook just revealed that he played with a torn quad earlier this season.
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This makes his spectacular bounce back at this point of the season even more remarkable. Beastbrook compiled the first 20/20 game without hitting 20 points in league history last night.
His mind-boggling statline of 14 points, 21 rebounds and 24 assists came in 38 minutes. The Brody took only 8 shots while accounting for over 60 of his team’s points on the night.
The Hornets, Heat and Pacers are currently filling out the rest of the play-in spots in the East. In terms of pure offensive firepower, the Wizards certainly have a decent chance of beating the Pacers and the Hornets. These are the two teams they’ll probably face while jockeying for that 1st round matchup.