Russell Westbrook Exits Wizards vs. 76ers Game 2 with Ankle Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, checks on Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook after an injury during the second half of Game 2 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a right ankle injury during Game 2 of his team's first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

He logged 10 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes prior to exiting the game, which the Wizards went on to lose 120-95. His status for Game 3 is unclear.

"We'll see," Westbrook said after the game regarding his status for Saturday, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst

The 32-year-old already missed time this season with a quad injury on his way to 65 games after playing 57 games last year as a member of the Houston Rockets.

When healthy, Westbrook is one of the best players of his generation with a resume that includes the 2016-17 league MVP, nine All-NBA selections, two scoring titles, three assist titles and nine All-Star selections.

While the UCLA product may be approaching the back end of his prime at this point of his career, he still averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists, 11.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in his first season with the Wizards.

Washington will continue to rely on Bradley Beal as its go-to option if Westbrook is sidelined, while Raul Neto and Ish Smith provide depth at the point guard position.


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