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Rockets’ Russell Westbrook leaves practice after bumping knees

Russell Westbrook, Rockets

Houston Rockets superstar point guard Russell Westbrook bumped knees with someone on Monday and left practice.

However, Westbrook is “fine,” according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Westbrook had a minor procedure on his surgically repaired right knee after the 2019 playoffs ended. He also had surgery on his left hand to repair a torn ligament in a finger.

By all accounts, Westbrook has been looking very quick and his knees haven’t been an issue in the Rockets’ practices.

Last season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the third consecutive season. The former MVP put up 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 29.0 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The next preseason game for the Rockets is on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. We’ll see if Westbrook plays in that one.

Houston can’t wait to see Westbrook and James Harden in action together once the real games start. Westbrook is one of the fastest players in the NBA. He’s a blur in the open court, impossible to stay in front of and can get to the rim at will while finishing in heavy traffic.

When Westbrook is pushing the ball on fast breaks, he’s going to collapse the defense when he gets to the basket, which will free up the Rockets’ shooters for wide-open looks from beyond the arc.