Houston Rockets fans were surprised moments ago when Russell Westbrook’s name wasn’t in the team’s starting lineup. Now we know the reason why.
Westbrook has officially been scratched from tonight’s game against the New York Knicks due to a sore left thumb. Eric Gordon will start in his place.
Westbrook has been on an absolute tear of late. The 31-year-old point guard is averaging 34.1 points per game in his last five outings while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Assuming the thumb issue isn’t serious, it’s smart of Houston hold Westbrook out tonight. They should be able to handle the lowly Knicks at home even without him in the lineup.
UPDATE: Russell Westbrook is OUT with left thumb soreness. #Rockets
— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) February 25, 2020
At 36-20, the Rockets are currently tied with the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference. However, they’re only one game out of third place and 2.5 back of second.
The Los Angeles Lakers have virtually locked up the top seed in the West, but beyond that, there is lots of room for change.
The last month and a half of the regular season should be a lot of fun.