'Good chance' Russell Westbrook, Davis Bertans to play in Wizards' preseason finale

Chase Hughes
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'Good chance' Westbrook, Bertans to play in Wizards' preseason finale originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards' preseason finale on Saturday will be the first real glimpse at their revamped 2020-21 roster, as Russell Westbrook could make his debut, Scott Brooks said Friday.

"Went through the entire practice today," Brooks said when asked if he would play. "Good chance he’ll play a little bit. Good chance. Not 100 percent."

Brooks also said there was a good chance Davis Bertans would play on Saturday.

Both Westbrook and Davis Bertans sat out the first two exhibition games due to rest. Bertans' absence was in part because he joined the team late in camp because of a work visa holdup. Westbrook was given some extra time off as a 32-year-old veteran.

The Wizards will take on the Detroit Pistons in their final preseason game on Saturday night. They were blown out by Detroit on Thursday with Westbrook, Bertans and also Rui Hachimura out of the lineup. Hachimura has been dealing with irritation in his eye.

Westbrook and Bertans represented the Wizards' biggest moves this past offseason. Westbrook was acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets, while Bertans was re-signed to a five-year contract worth $80 million. 

The Wizards have struggled so far through two games while playing undermanned. They lost narrowly to the Nets in their opener, but only after going down by 26 points. They also trailed by as many as 26 to the Pistons on Thursday before losing by 11.

Westbrook and Bertans will only have one game to get up to speed before the regular season begins on Dec. 23. But just having them out there is a big step in the right direction.

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