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Wizards had little doubt Westbrook would play through injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Russell Westbrook didn't practice the day before Game 3, was listed questionable by the Wizards and was announced as a game-time decision by his head coach. Yet all along, Bradley Beal had no doubt he would play in Game 3 on Saturday night despite the fact he was dealing with a right ankle sprain.
"I know Russ. If it’s not broke, he’s going to play," Beal said. "So, I’m gonna be honest, I kind of knew after the last game he was going to play. Just knowing who he is, if he could play for two minutes then he was going to go out there and give it everything he had."
Westbrook not only played, he put in a triple-double, the 11th of his playoff career. Westbrook had 26 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and only three turnovers. He shot 9-for-18 from the field and 3-for-6 from three.
It was an all-around solid game for a guy who nearly didn't play. But unfortunately for the Wizards, it wasn't enough to offset a difficult night overall. They lost by 29 points to fall to 0-3 in the series.
"So-so. Just tried to go out and do what I can," Westbrook said of how his ankle felt afterward.
Westbrook first hurt himself in Game 2 on Wednesday when he rolled his ankle twice in the Wizards' loss. It may be something he has to deal with for the rest of this series, however long it lasts.
Beal has also been playing through a left hamstring strain. And like Westbrook, he has been playing well.
To have both of their top players dealing with injuries is not ideal, but the Wizards are making the most of it.
"For him to give us the production that he had on one leg, I mean, that was pretty good, very good," Beal said.