The Houston Rockets are monitoring 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 sowing plan and will be re-evaluated before the playoffs begin next week.
The team had planned for Westbrook to sit out Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers to rest, but he has now been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers as well.
Westbrook, who was a late arrival on the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus because he tested positive for COVID-19, only felt soreness in his right quadriceps after Rocket̵
He played 28 minutes in Houston’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, playing 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Westbrook, a nine-time All-Star acquired in a blockbuster deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, has averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game during his first season with the Rockets.