Bad news for the Houston Rockets. Russell westbrook he will miss the start of the first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a strained right quadriceps, ESPN sources have confirmed.
The return of the 2017 season MVP will depend on how he responds to treatment. Coach Mike D’Antoni has stated to the media that the player’s availability is uncertain. « We’ll see next week. We don’t know anything now. »
Russell Westbrook first felt pain in the affected area after his August 4 loss to Portland Trail Blazers. Later he would miss the next two games due to muscle discomfort.
On Tuesday he played 28 minutes in the loss to the San Antonio Spurs, a game in which he registered 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. D’Antoni declared a day later that he did not believe that this participation had aggravated the injury.
The nine-time All-Star was acquired by the Houston Rockets in a trade with the Thunder themselves last summer. Since then he has averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7 assists in his first season at Texas.