Russell Westbrook’s status after Wizards star dislocates finger
Washington Wizards star point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a dislocated finger during Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but he might not miss any time.
Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook is day-to-day with a dislocated finger. He could play tomorrow.
Westbrook didn't do much in today's practice, but it was a light day for everyone, Brooks said.
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 7, 2021
Westbrook has already missed two games this season, with the Wizards suggesting they would sit Westbrook for one end of back-to-backs for the majority of the season.
It has been a bit of a struggle for the former league MVP. Westbrook recorded triple-doubles in his first four games and was actually +5 in terms of plus-minus, despite the Wizards losing all four contests. But he was mostly inefficient, a pattern that carried over to the next two games.
Westbrook shot just 7-for-25 from the field in a Jan. 3 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, including 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. He had a better shooting performance Wednesday night but was 1-for-4 from the free throw line and also turned the ball over six times.
Washington is in a bit of a rut, starting the year with a 2-6 mark. Wednesday’s loss to the Sixers was especially frustrating for the Wizards considering Bradley Beal exploded for a career-high 60 points.
Things are only going to get tougher in the coming six days. The Wizards conclude their current road trip against the Celtics on Friday, then immediately turn around to face the Miami Heat on Saturday. Washington then hosts the 6-2 Phoenix Suns on Monday before squaring off against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
The Wizards need some momentum as they face a challenging slate. Westbrook will try to give them some by potentially suiting up against Boston.