May 12, 2020, 10:09 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
According to Shams Charania, the National Basketball Players Association sent a memo to agents on Tuesday evening indicating that the sense is both the players and people around the league office would like to conclude the 2019-20 season, which is currently postponed.
This comes on the heels of commissioner Adam Silver's video conference with Chris Paul (the president of the NBPA) and multiple other high-profile NBA superstars that occurred earlier Tuesday. During the call, players apparently made it clear that they would like to finish the current season. The memo from the players also announced that Paul, Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Lowry and Dwight Powell will be serving on a newly-formed committee that will work alongside the NBA on ways to safely and successfully play games during the current public health predicament posed by the coronavirus. With other leagues like Major League Baseball and NASCAR slowly planning their returns to competitive action, basketball fans can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 12, 2020, 8:40 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
On Tuesday afternoon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver participated in a video conference call initiated by Players' Association President Chris Paul to discuss the league's next steps as far as a return to play, resulting in a 'united front' by the players to resume the current season.
Other NBA superstars including LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo participated in the video call. From what we've gathered recently and what has been reported from the call, the players want to continue the season, which was put on an abrupt pause two months ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe. The rumblings from around the league aside from the active players, including Shaquille O'Neal, have indicated that it may be best to "scrap" the current season and start strong for the 2020-21 campaign. Silver, for his part, has not explicitly stated a desire to cancel the remainder of the season. He seems quite open to taking the players' input into account, and it seems as though the players resoundingly want to finish what they started. Fans are dearly missing sports after two months without them, and a return of any kind would be celebrated.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
March 10, 2020, 11:02 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday and was able to help lead the Rockets to a 117-111 win over the Wolves thanks to his 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Westbrook also committed six turnovers and failed to record a 3-pointer. Outside of his 27 points, the biggest highlight of his line was his four steals. That said, you can count on him for double-digit contributions in scoring as well as reliable numbers in assists, rebounds and steals ROS.
March 8, 2020, 10:28 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook put up 24 points (9-of-19 FG, 4-of-5 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and eight turnovers against the Magic on Sunday.
Westbrook's day off left him in better shape for this one than most of his teammates, as the Rockets were never close throughout the second half. Westbrook will always get his though, and his value will largely live or die by the strength of his shooting from the field and free-throw line. The turnovers will always be extreme though. He remains a top-30 option on this version of the team.
March 6, 2020, 12:59 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Predictably, Russell Westbrook (rest) will sit out Saturday's first leg of a back-to-back set.
Westbrook has been getting this treatment all season so this is far from a shock to fantasy GMs who have been paying even moderate attention. He'll be back on Sunday, but you'll be looking at Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore as the big beneficiaries for Saturday against the lowly Hornets.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
March 5, 2020, 10:51 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook scored 29 points on 11-of-27 shooting to go with 15 rebounds, five dimes and a steal in Thursday's 105-120 loss to the Clippers.
Westbrook never gave up and did his best to keep his team in the game, leading the team in rebounds with 15 and seven of them coming on the offensive end. The Rockets are going to need him to continue at that pace as they're last in rebounding percentage since the Clint Capela trade and although the shooting wasn't there tonight, we still believe his efficiency should climb back to what it was the past month. The Clippers are a tough defense and the Hornets are a great spot for the Brodie to bounce back.
March 2, 2020, 9:34 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook scored 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting to go with nine rebounds, three assists, a block and a triple on Monday.
Westbrook had some insane highlight plays in the fourth quarter and continued to play to his strengths. Even though he's cut down on his 3-point attempts, he's actually shooting .400 from deep since February. This is the most efficient he's been in his career and he should finish the year producing at a top-15 clip.
February 29, 2020, 11:58 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook led the Rockets to a 111-110 win vs. the Celtics on Saturday, scoring 41 points on 16-of-27 shooting with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in 43 minutes.
Westbrook turned the ball over six times and shot 8-of-12 from the line, but it's easy to look past that considering the rest of his line. Westbrook is a top-15 player over the past month and looks poised to produce this value moving forward.
February 27, 2020, 12:00 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook (thumb) was at his best on Wednesday, scoring 33 points on 15-of-24 shooting with nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a blowout victory over the Grizzlies.
Westbrook missed Monday's game with a sore thumb but obviously isn't bothered by it given his dominant performance on Wednesday. Westbrook is a first-round player over the past month and is thriving in the Rockets' small-ball lineups. Westbrook will be an early-round player with first-round upside ROS and has bounced back in a big way after posting top-60 value in the 2019 portion of the season.
February 25, 2020, 1:43 pmRussell WestbrookTeam, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook (sore thumb) is expected to suit up when the Rockets take on the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Westbrook missed Monday's game with the issue, but it was never thought to be anything more than for precautionary reasons. Westbrook cut down on his three-point attempts in early December and has been a per-game beast ever since, sitting on top-16/8 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues over the past three months. Westbrook owners can also breathe a sigh of relief that the Rockets have just one remaining back-to-back set on the schedule.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
February 24, 2020, 8:08 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook (sore thumb) is a late scratch for Monday's game.
Westbrook will miss this game with Eric Gordon starting in his place. Gordon should be in line for a nice performance against the Knicks.
Source: Mark Berman on Twitter
February 24, 2020, 7:33 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook is active but not listed in the Rockets' starting lineup for Monday's game against the Knicks.
Westbrook attended Kobe Bryant's memorial service, so this could be a result of his hectic day. Stay tuned for more updates.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
February 21, 2020, 12:48 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook got hot under the collar on Thursday and was ejected after receiving two technical fouls.
Westbrook left the game in the fourth quarter and was able to play 30 minutes. He dropped a 21-point (10-of-20 shooting), 10-assist double-double with five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal in 30 minutes. Westbrook's role has been concretized since the Rockets went all-in on the micro-ball game plan. His ability to attack the basket is key in their path to win games. He should see a nice, steady usage until the regular season winds down.
Source: Phil Barber on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 1:19 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook continued his run of great games with 36 points (13-of-23 FGs, 10-of-13 FTs), 10 boards, five assists and two steals in 37 minutes in a home win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Amazingly, Westbrook is a top-10 player for the last month in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Despite playing next to Harden, Westbrook is thriving and has found his free throw stroke again while hitting field goals at a career-best mark of 46.3 percent.
February 9, 2020, 9:55 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook flashed his scoring prowess during Sunday's 113-114 defeat against the Jazz, putting up 39 points (18-of-33 FG), six rebounds and four assists.
Westbrook was focused on the scoring today, but he still put up one 3-pointer, one steal and one block to round out the night. Rudy Gobert was actually guarding Westbrook during this game, but Russ had no issues getting buckets throughout the game against anyone. We'll probably see more diverse lines from Westbrook in the future, but it is great to see him scoring at will.