Russell Westbrook described it as painful, and it made him leave the Wizards' game on Wednesday night against the Sixers, but he is not expected to miss extended time due to the dislocated finger he suffered on his right, shooting hand. In fact, Westbrook may not miss any time at all.
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks gave the latest update on Westbrook after Thursday's practice and said the team has not ruled him out for Friday night against the Boston Celtics.
"He’s definitely sore. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.
The Wizards play the Heat on Saturday as well in the second game of a back-to-back. Westbrook has so far been limited in back-to-backs, sitting two games this season due to rest.
Brooks, though, said even that plan could be amended.
"There’s a chance he could play back-to-backs. It could be the case now," Brooks said. "Anything's on the board."
This all could, of course, be gamesmanship from Brooks and the Wizards. They have two tough opponents to play this weekend and do not want to give away any advantages.
Westbrook dressed in practice apparel on Thursday, but didn't do much, according to Brooks. It was a light practice where most players watched film and only the "low-minute guys" scrimmaged, he said.
Westbrook, 32, has played six games for the Wizards this season. He's averaging 20.5 points, 11.8 assists and 10.7 rebounds.