Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook announced that he suffered a dislocated finger after the team’s 141-136 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He had the injury in the closing minutes of the game where he had to leave the court and didn’t return.
Russell Westbrook said he dislocated his finger late in the fourth quarter. On if he will miss games: "I have no idea."— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 7, 2021
The Wizards’ next games are on Friday when they play the Boston Celtics, followed by the Miami Heat on Saturday. Given that Westbrook hasn’t played both games of a back-to-back, it would not be surprising to see Westbrook miss the Celtics game but play against the Heat.
If Westbrook has to miss a longer period of time, it would likely give Raul Neto more time to play as the team’s starting point guard. He is averaging 9.9 points and 1.4 points per game this season while making a career-high 66.7 percent of his three-pointers. These numbers are likely going down a bit with time, but he appears to be Washington’s best option if this happens.
Westbrook is averaging 20.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 11.8 assists per game this season. Though he is averaging a triple double, the Wizards are just 2-6 this season and Westbrook hasn’t been shooting as efficiently, especially around the rim as he has in past seasons.