Russell Westbrook has been playing hurt in the NBA Finals and ever since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Westbrook was taking one-handed shots with his right hand after reporters were allowed in to see the end of the session. He then pulled the wrap back and tried a couple with both hands.
Brooks says “obviously there’s a little pain but nothing to prevent him from playing the way he can play.”
Westbrook is not a player that will ever miss a game. He even seems like the type that could thrive off an injury let alone simply be able to play with one.
Westbrook scored 27 points in Game 1 to go with 11 assists and eight rebounds. The Heat could not guard him or even stay in front of him in a lot of cases.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade even switched onto Westbrook a few times and Westbrook went right ahead and drove right by them. The more attention that Westbrook can take on himself, the better it will be for the Thunder and Kevin Durant.
With James Harden scoring just five points, Westbrook was very much needed to show up in the way that he did.
We’ll see tonight if Harden can get his act together but if he doesn’t, Westbrook will once again have to have a big night.