Wizards’ Russell Westbrook to play with dislocated finger vs. Celtics
Coming off a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, the Washington Wizards will try their luck again on Friday against the Boston Celtics. Russell Westbrook was questionable to play at one point due to his dislocated finger, but it appears that the former MVP is going to give it a shot in hopes of helping the Wizards turn things around:
Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook is good to go after dislocating his finger last game. "He's as tough a player as anyone I've been around." Says he assumes he'll have his fingers taped, but he's not sure exactly how Westbrook will handle it, but he will play.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 8, 2021
Westbrook and fellow Wizards backcourt mate Bradley Beal have still been trying to find ways to ultimately mesh while racking up wins. Westbrook has averaged a triple-double so far this season, putting up 20.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 11.8 assists on 37.7 MPG.
Even at 32, Westbrook shows no signs of stopping with his explosive style of play that’s transitioned over to Washington. But that hasn’t been the answer to any of the Wizards’ problems so far. Washington is 2-6 coming into Friday night. The bizarre aspect is that both of their wins came against the Brooklyn Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves, two teams that were favored to win against them.
To add to that, for all the triple-doubles he can muster up, Westbrook still carries over the same woes that’ve plagued him most of his career as predicted. He’s shooting 28 percent from 3-point range while attempting 4.7 threes per game. Simply put, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks will have to find a way to maximize Westbrook while limiting his hurls from downtown.
The Celtics are seriously shorthanded on Friday with a number of players sitting out due to COVID-19 contact tracing. If the Wizards ever wanted an easier win to get back on track, tonight is a grand opportunity.