September 16, 2020, 4:15 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook have all received the honor of being elected to the 2019-20 All-NBA Third Team.
Tatum and Butler squared off last night in what should be a fantastic Eastern Conference Finals between two of the best teams in today's NBA. Tatum edged out Butler by only six third team votes while both players received exactly 32 second team votes. Gobert was the only player in the group who received a first team vote (1). Simmons and Westbrook rounded out the group and while this is Westbrook's ninth All-NBA award, it is the first time Simmons receives such praise in his third season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 13, 2020, 11:48 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Speaking after Saturday's Game 5 defeat, Russell Westbrook said that his right quad still isn't 100% healed.
While Westbrook took a beating from media and fans for a pretty ugly playoff run, he clearly wasn't at full strength. A positive COVID-19 diagnosis put him behind the eight ball and the quad injury prevented him from getting into rhythm. He was notably trying to force things in his first couple of playoff games, and while the Rockets escaped the first round, an out-of-whack Westbrook was a huge negative against an elite Lakers outfit. His flaws as a player have never been more apparent and Westbrook figures to use the current discourse as a huge motivator for next year. You can say whatever you'd like about his game, but Westbrook always goes full tilt and owns mistakes.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
September 12, 2020, 11:00 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook was an utter disaster in Game 5 on Saturday, going 4-for-13 from the field and 2-for-6 at the free throw line to end the night with 10 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Westbrook simply could not get things going on the offensive end for the Rockets. That said, credit does have to also go to the Lakers as his defenders stayed in his face the whole time. While the Rockets did manage to squeeze past the Thunder and Chris Paul, their inability to secure more than one game in this series against the Lakers begs the question as to whether or not trading for Westbrook over the offseason was the best move for the franchise. By the result, it does not seem like it was. Time will tell and his hefty contract will surely take its toll on the Rockets' bankroll for sure. The Rockets are a good team and it looks like some major changes need to be made before they can transcend to becoming a "great" one.
September 10, 2020, 10:37 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook played hard and fought to keep the Rockets in Game 4 on Thursday, but his 25 points, three triples, three assists and three steals wasn't enough to finish a late rally as the Rockets lost.
Westbrook has made some boneheaded decisions late in games this postseason, but we can't ever fault his effort. While his co-star James Harden seems to defer in these moments, Westbrook seems to involve himself too much. Westbrook will need to do this again and get some help from Harden to keep the Rockets alive.
September 9, 2020, 12:29 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook bounced back on Tuesday, dropping 30 points (13-of-24 FG, 2-of-2 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes vs. the Lakers.
Westbrook certainly redeemed his dreadful Game 2 performance tonight but it still wasn't enough to get the win. The Rockets offense seems to struggle when he's in control of the offense rather than Harden and his inability to knock down the three ball consistently is hurting them. He did go 2-of-4 tonight from beyond the arc but he's not a threat that the Lakers are worried about from out there. He'll need to play even better when the Rockets matchup against Los Angeles again on Thursday.
September 6, 2020, 11:36 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook put up 10 points with 13 rebounds on 4-of-15 shooting in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday night.
Westbrook turned the ball over seven times and was in foul trouble for much of the game as he picked up his fifth foul in the third quarter. He added four assists and two steals to the box score. Westbrook will need to rebound from this poor showing in order for the Rockets to take a series lead in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
September 6, 2020, 11:32 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden scored 27 points on 6-of-12 shooting and 11-of-13 shooting from the stripe in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday.
Harden shot 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and added seven assists and two steals to the stat sheet. He has played well in the two games thus far, but the issue for the Rockets in this one was Russell Westbrook. Westbrook shot 4-of-15 from the field and had seven turnovers. The Rockets will need everyone to fire on all cylinders in order to steal this series from the Lakers. We will see how they rebound from this loss in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
September 5, 2020, 12:02 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook (quad) saw a minutes increase to 32 on Friday and was able to put up an aggressive effort, finishing the night with 24 points (10-of-24 FG, 3-of-6 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Westbrook constantly attacked the basket and it was a good thing he didn't get fouled too much as he was rather disappointing at the line. At the end of the day, he was what he needed to be and that was to be another threat on the offensive end that the Laker defense needed to contain aside from James Harden. As long as he continues on this track, Brodie and the Beard will be a major thorn in the side of the Lakers throughout this series.
September 4, 2020, 7:19 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook is targeting 30-34 minutes of playing time in Game 1 of the Rockets-Lakers series on Friday.
Westbrook's figure was 30 for the Rockets' last contest on Wednesday, and he must be feeling half-decent if that number is continuing to increase. If the Rockets stand any chance against the Lakers they'll need Westbrook to rediscover the form he displayed while leading the Rockets before the stoppage in play due to COVID-19. Nothing is ever simple with Westbrook, but he will be giving it his all should continue to gradually shake off the rust in this series.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
September 3, 2020, 12:05 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook bounced back on Wednesday from his poor performance in the prior game with 20 points (9-of-20 FG, 2-of-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and only two turnovers to send the Rockets on to the second round.
Westbrook’s offense was crucial in this game as James Harden struggled shooting the ball throughout. Where Harden was seemingly supressed by Lu Dort’s defense, Westbrook was able to blow by him and get the Rockets the easy points they needed around the rim. The team claimed Westbrook would be on a minutes limit in this game, but they threw that out the window with the game so close in the fourth. The Rockets may limit him again in Game 1 against the Lakers, but it’s clear Westbrook is back in rhythm after a couple rough games.
September 2, 2020, 7:25 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook will have his minutes kept to around the 30 mark in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Thunder.
Westbrook played 23 and 27 minutes in his first two playoff games back from a quad strain, so he's clearly not ready for the usual allotment, though one can't help but wonder how hard that cap is with Houston's season on the line tonight. The Brodie hasn't been good in his two games — shooting 3-for-13 in the first and committing seven turnovers, many of them backbreaking in the second — but will need to step it up if the favored Rockets want to dispatch a feisty Thunder team.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
September 1, 2020, 11:19 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook said that he will remain on a minutes restriction for Game 7 against the Thunder on Wednesday.
Westbrook is working his way back into the lineup following the quad injury he suffered. Game 5 was his first one back, and he struggled on his way to seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in 24 minutes. He played 27 minutes in Monday's Game 6 and put up better numbers on paper with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but his key mistakes and inability to keep pace with Chris Paul proved costly.
Source: Taylor Rooks on Twitter
September 1, 2020, 12:10 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook was awful in Monday's Game 6, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting while adding four boards, three dimes, a steal and a triple.
Westbrook committed seven turnovers tonight in only 27 minutes of action. His finishing ability was still there, but tonight was one of the worst performances in his career when you consider the magnitude of the situation. Most of the turnovers were unforced errors and you can attribute part of it due to rust, but he only has one game to correct his play unless he wants the rest of the Summer off.
August 31, 2020, 11:14 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook left Monday's game during the third quarter due to an apparent knee issue before eventually returning to the court.
Westbrook came back to the bench with ice packs on both knees before getting into the game again. He has scored 13 points while playing 20 minutes so far in Game 6.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
August 31, 2020, 7:38 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
According to head coach Mike D'Antoni, Russell Westbrook will play 25-30 minutes on Monday as he continues to work his way back from a right quad strain.
The Rockets have the chance to close out their series with the Thunder, but D'Antoni can't risk Westbrook's availability in future games by playing him too much. Westbrook received 24 minutes in Game 5 on Saturday, scoring just seven points. Danuel House will again assume a bench role for the Rockets.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter