REPORT: Wizards star Russell Westbrook suffers significant setback with injury
Russell Westbrook’s debut season for the Washington Wizards is off to a rough start, as the 32-year-old has been sidelined in his last two games due to a quad injury. Initially, he was set to miss at least a week, but recent developments revealed that Russ’ quad injury is actually a lot more serious than it looks.
Per Quinton Mayo of NBCS Washington, the former MVP is feared to have suffered a major setback in his quadricep injury and is now expected to miss at least three to four weeks.
Sources: There is a fear within the Washington Wizards organization that PG Russell Westbrook has suffered a major setback in his quadricep. He is expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks of action.
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) January 14, 2021
The Wizards will be losing 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game in Russell Westbrook, who has been playing on an All-Star level this season. This bit of news also couldn’t come at the worst possible time after it was just confirmed that starting center Thomas Bryant is likely going to miss the remainder of the season after he tore his ACL.
The chemistry in this new-look Wizards unit hasn’t been there and key guys missing in the line-up will make it hard for the team to gel in a shortened 72-game season. Bradley Beal has been carrying the load so far and has put himself in way-too-early MVP conversations with an average of 34.9 points per game on a 49.4 percent shooting clip.
Brodie and Beal have only played seven games together so far and have managed to win just one of those contests, a 123-122 victory over the Brooklyn Nets where the new Washington duo combined for 51 points.
The 3-8 Wizards were supposed to play on Wednesday against the visiting Utah Jazz, but their game was postponed due to the league’s health and safety protocols.