Russell Westbrook’s status uncertain for Rockets’ playoff series vs. OKC Thunder
Russell Westbrook’s availability for the first round of the NBA playoffs against his former team remains up in the air, Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Friday.
“Time will tell when he’s ready,” D’Antoni said during a Zoom interview with reporters before Friday’s game against the 76ers. “I don’t think they have a specific timeline, yet. Obviously, we have to hold serve until he gets back.”
The Rockets announced on Wednesday that an MRI revealed Westbrook had a strained quadriceps muscle in his right leg that would sideline him for Friday’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers and possibly the first few games of the Thunder-Rockets playoff series next week.
Oklahoma City and Houston are slated for the four-five matchup in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Game 1 will tip off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on TNT.
Westbrook is averaging 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists in his first season with the Rockets after coming to Houston in a trade last July that sent guard Chris Paul and two first-round draft picks to Oklahoma City.
Thunder-Rockets series schedule
Game 1: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 22, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5: Wednesday, Aug. 26, TBD
Game 6: Friday, Aug. 28, TBD
Game 7: Sunday, Aug. 30, TBD