07 January 2021 06:36
Washington Wizards PG Russell Westbrook suffered a dislocated finger in Wednesday's 141-136 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The news was announced after the game. Russ commented on the injury and also told reporters that he doesn't know if he'll end up missing any time. For what it's worth, Russ played 39 minutes before leaving in the fourth quarter, and scored 20 points with 12 assists and 8 rebounds. Russell Westbrook says he dislocated his finger.
"Shit hurt," he said. "But I'll be alright." He said he doesn't know if he's going to miss any time. — Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 7, 2021 Russ' injury sort of overshadows the performance from Bradley Beal, who dropped a season-high 60 points in the loss. Beal had 32 at halftime and 50-plus heading into the fourth quarter before going cold. If Westbrook is going to miss any time, we get 2019-20 Beal back!
Last season Beal was one of the top scorers in the League. That sentiment still holds true, but Westbrook obviously takes some usage and shots away from Beal. The other player who stands to benefit is Ish Smith, who could end up starting at PG in place of Westbrook. Westbrook dislocates finger in Wizards' loss to Sixers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Russell Westbrook ran to the Wizards' locker room with 26 seconds remaining in their loss to the Sixers on Wednesday night, later revealing he dislocated his finger. He did not specify which one, but did sport a wrap over the ring and pinky fingers on his right hand during his postgame teleconference. "I dislocated my finger. We'll see," Westbrook said. "S--- hurt. I'll be alright." Westbrook had 20 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds, three steals and a block, but also six turnovers. The loss dropped the Wizards to 2-6 on the season. Head coach Scott Brooks didn't have an update on Westbrook when he addressed the media and Westbrook wasn't sure of the severity. When asked if he will miss time, Westbrook said: "I don't have an answer for that. The game just finished 30 minutes ago. I have no idea." Westbrook is likely to sit one of the Wizards' next two games anyway, given they have a back-to-back coming up against the Celtics on Friday and the Heat on Saturday. He has been limited in back-to-backs this season due to rest. The Wizards are 1-5 with Westbrook in the lineup this season and 1-1 without him. The lone win came against the Timberwolves on New Year's Day. Through six games this season, Westbrook is averaging 20.5 points on 39.5 percent shooting with 11.8 assists and 10.7 rebounds. Tune in at 6:30 PM to NBC Sports Washington on Friday for complete coverage of the Wizards' next game against the Boston Celtics.