The Rockets are not sure if star guard Russell Westbrook might be accessible for the beginning of the NBA playoffs.
Westbrook sat out Wednesday’s 108-104 loss to the Pacers after an MRI confirmed a strained proper quadriceps.
The 2017 MVP has already been dominated out of Friday’s closing seeding sport towards the 76ers and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is not sure when Westbrook will return.
“We’ll see the way it responds and every part, however all of us hope,” D’Antoni. “We’ll simply see subsequent week. I do not know proper now.”
Westbrook, who posted 20 factors, six assists and 5 rebounds within the Rockets’ defeat to the Spurs on Tuesday, had beforehand felt discomfort in his proper quad.
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The nine-time All-Star sat out back-to-back video games after feeling soreness throughout a loss to the Path Blazers on Aug. four.
“I do not suppose he aggravated it [against the Spurs],” D’Antoni stated. “Through the sport and after the sport, he was superb. He awoke the following day and was sore, so that they’re checking it out to verify it may reply to therapy.
“We do not know 100 % proper now, however he is undoubtedly going to be out Friday after which we’ll see.”
A blockbuster acquisition from the Thunder, Westbrook has been averaging 27.2 factors, 7.9 rebounds and seven.zero assists per sport.
The Rockets are fourth within the Western Convention.