‘Will Russell Westbrook be available for playoffs’ is the question that every Rockets fan is asking after Westbrook underwent an MRI on his right quad.
Houston Rockets have been a force to reckon with in the Bubble, especially when both Harden and Westrbook have been on the court. The duo have lit up the bubble offensively and were looking scary together right before the playoffs.
Now, all of that ‘good vibe’ around the Rockets seems to have gone for a toss, with Westbrook forced to sit out tonight’s game vs Pacers, owing to a right quad injury.
Will Russell Westbrook be available for playoffs?
Russell Westbrook’s status for the NBA playoffs this year is uncertain as of now. Post the MRI on his right quadriceps, the Rockets have confirmed that he will miss the next two games.
Russell Westbrook has a strained quadriceps muscle and will be reevaluated before the playoffs pic.twitter.com/YN1vCBLOtR
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 12, 2020
Moreover, as of now he is a doubt for the initial few playoff games and will be re-evaluated next week ahead of the playoffs.
This comes as a massive blow to the Rockets and their fans, who were desperately looking forward to Westbrook and Harden setting the stage on fire in the playoffs.
Houston Rockets in the playoffs
As of now in the West, Rockets are slated to play OKC Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. Both Russ and James Harden have been former OKC players, with Chris Paul having gone the other way to the Rockets this season.
Chris Paul would be itching to get one over his former franchise and Rockets will need the might of Westbrook and Harden together to help them get past the Chris Paul led Thunder.
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Russell Westbrook has had a good season this year, averaging 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. However, his clutch play, especially during the post-season has always been under question. He’ll want that asterisk off him this season, by putting forth some strong playoff performances.
However, he’ll first need to pass his fitness tests next week in order to even feature in the playoffs.