On Monday, the Washington Wizards announced in a press release that Russell Westbrook will sit out at least one week due to a left quadriceps injury.
The press release went on to say that he experienced “suffered due to repeated contact to the area since the beginning of the season,” though it’s unclear whether he experienced discomfort since December.
Losing Westbrook will leave the Wizards very short handed and without any of their top three scoring options. Thomas Bryant tore his ACL and is likely out for the season. And Bradley Beal is out in the short term due to coronavirus safety protocols after being a close contact with Boston Celtics guard Jayson Tatum, who tested positive for it last week.
Westbrook has not played both games of back-to-backs this season, mainly for rest purposes. This should give Raul Neto more opportunities to start at point guard in the short term. Ish Smith should also get more time.
The Wizards will be in game action tonight against the Phoenix Suns at 7 p.m. ET.