The NBA season is back on track, and it looks like Russell Westbrook is too.
Russell Westbrook will play in Game 5 on Saturday, according to multiple sources. Westbrook was ready and would have played in the originally scheduled game on Wednesday, prior to the walkout.— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) August 28, 2020
Had the NBA walkout not happened, Westbrook reportedly would have played in Game 5 on Wednesday, when it was originally scheduled. He was upgraded to questionable that day, which left room for him to make it into the game.
Westbrook looks excellent in first scrimmage
The NBA walkout on Wednesday gave Westbrook a little extra time to rest his quad. On Thursday, the Houston Rockets’ star reportedly participated in his first full-speed 5-on-5 scrimmage since he injured his quad. A source told ESPN’s Tim McMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski that it went very well, and Westbrook looked “as explosive as ever.”
Westbrook has been mostly out of commission since Aug. 4, just three games into the restart. He initially bruised his right quad and returned on Aug. 11 after sitting out for a few days. However, he woke up sore the next day and an MRI revealed that he had strained his right quad. He hasn’t played since and has missed all four of the Rockets’ playoff games against the Thunder.
The series is tied 2-2, but the Thunder have won two straight games after initially falling into a 2-0 hole. With the Thunder putting up a real fight, the Rockets must be thrilled to get Westbrook back.
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