The availability of the Houston Rockets guard for Russell Westbrook to start the NBA playoffs is uncertain after an MRI revealed a tense muscle in his right quadrant, the team announced on Wednesday.
Westbrook will not play in the remainder of the seed schedule and will be re-evaluated before the play-offs start next week.
The team had planned for Westbrook to share Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers to rest, but he is now excluded from Friday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers as well.
Westbrook, who was a late arrival at Walt Disney World’s Nalt campus because he tested positive for COVID-19, first felt pain in his right quadrant after the Rockets̵7; loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on August 4th. He landed the next two games due to a fair quad contusion, according to the team.
He played 28 minutes in Houston’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Westbrook, a nine-time All-Star winner in a block trade with 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.