Russell Westbrook, Austin Rivers should be good to go for Rockets’ opener vs. Bucks
According to D’Antoni, Westbrook and Rivers should be able to suit up for the team as they start the season on Oct. 24. Russell is dealing with a dislocated finger, while Rivers is nursing a shoulder soreness.
Mike D'Antoni believes Austin Rivers (shoulder soreness) and Russell Westbrook (dislocated finger) should be able to play in Thursday's game.
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) October 20, 2019
Both Westbrook and Rivers suffered minor injuries in the Rockets’ final preseason game against the Miami Heat. It caused some concern for Houston fans, especially with Gerald Green already likely out of the season due to a foot injury.
Everybody has been patiently waiting to see Westbrook play with James Harden. Houston acquired Brodie from the Oklahoma City Thunder back in July, and the hope is for these two to lead the team to a championship this 2019-20 campaign.
As for Rivers, he’s an important member of the Rockets’ rotation and will definitely be one of their top guys off the bench.
Once again, the Rockets will try to contend for a title. In a loaded Western Conference where most of the contenders added star power to bolster their chances of winning the NBA championship, Houston made sure that they weren’t left behind.
There are still people out there who are pessimistic about the Westbrook-Harden tandem, but both guys have already made it clear they are willing to adjust their game to help the team win.