Rockets’ Russell Westbrook being held out vs. Lakers so injury doesn’t ‘get any worse’
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni says the team doesn’t want Westbrook’s injury to “get any worse” since he’s been playing through pain the last couple of games.
“We just don’t want to risk anything so it’s better that he doesn’t play,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said, via the Houston Chronicle.
“I think he felt it a little bit. We wanted to make sure it didn’t get any worse. We’re not going to risk anything going down the stretch. We’re just trying to get everybody physically ready for the No. 1 goal and there’s no use in pushing something. I don’t think he’s in any difficulty. We just want to make sure he’s 100 percent.”
Westbrook is averaging 27.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game on the season for the Rockets. The nine-time All-Star is shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and 76.2 percent from the foul line, but he’s struggled with his shot in the bubble thus far down in Orlando, Florida.
After the Lakers game, the Rockets are back in action on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings. Houston will then take on the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers to wrap up the seeding games.
With James Harden and Russell Westbrook leading the charge, the Rockets have a good chance of winning the title at Disney World. Houston fans are hoping their two MVPs will be as close to 100 percent once the playoffs begin.