The Rockets are unsure if star guard Russell Westbrook will be available for the start of the NBA playoffs.
Westbrook sat out Wednesday’s 108-104 loss to the Pacers after an MRI confirmed a strained right quadriceps.
The 2017 MVP has already been ruled out of Friday’s final seeding game against the 76ers and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is unsure when Westbrook will return.
“We’ll see how it responds and everything, but we all hope,” D’Antoni. “We’ll just see next week. I don’t know right now.”
Westbrook, who posted 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in the Rockets’ defeat to the Spurs on Tuesday, had previously felt discomfort in his right quad.
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The nine-time All-Star sat out back-to-back games after feeling soreness during a loss to the Trail Blazers on Aug. 4.
“I don’t think he aggravated it [against the Spurs],” D’Antoni said. “During the game and after the game, he was fine. He woke up the next day and was sore, so they’re checking it out to make sure it can respond to treatment.
“We don’t know 100 percent right now, but he’s definitely going to be out Friday and then we’ll see.”
A blockbuster acquisition from the Thunder, Westbrook has been averaging 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.
The Rockets are fourth in the Western Conference.
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