[WATCH] Russell Westbrook runs to locker room with hand injury vs. Heat, will not return
Westbrook picked up the injury midway through the fourth quarter of the game as he tries to attack the basket. The 30-year-old All-Star bent in pain while holding his hand before running off the court and into the locker room.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Westbrook suffered a “sore right hand.” He was eventually ruled out of the game.
Here’s video of the play and Westbrook jogging off the court:
Russell Westbrook leaves preseason game with apparent hand injury pic.twitter.com/s3QdUk39UK
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Westbrook finished the night with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in nearly 26 minutes of play. He also shot particularly well, registering a 46.2 percent shooting clip from the field — including 40.0 percent from the 3-point territory.
Fortunately for the Rockets, Westbrook’s injury is not in the same hand that had to be operated this offseason. The eight-time All-Star underwent a procedure to repair a ligament on the fourth metacarpophalangeal joint on his left hand last May.
Houston has high hopes for the Russell Westbrook-James Harden reunion, so they will certainly be cautious of any injury their duo sustain this preseason. The Rockets open the 2019-2 campaign on Oct. 24, with Harden pitted against reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks.