Wizards' Russell Westbrook Claims He Played With Torn Quad This Season
Russell Westbrook struggled at the start of the 2021 NBA season, and now we might know why.
Following another stat-stuffing performance from the Wizards guard, in which he tallied a stunning 14-point, 21-rebound, 24-assist triple-double Monday, Westbrook claimed in his post-game press conference that he played this season with a torn quadriceps muscle.
"I think at the end of last season, there were a lot of conversations about whether I could play or not," Westbrook told reporters. "But, to let everybody know, my quad was torn. And then, unfortunately, to start this season, I tore my other one. But I was playing through it and trying to compete for my guys and I had an opportunity to kind of rest and be ready to go."
Westbrook was dealing with quad issues earlier this season, but it's unclear how severe the injury actually was.
Impossible to play thru a complete quad tendon tear. Near impossible to play thru a high grade quad muscle strain. Possible to play thru low grade muscle strain. And remember, any strain is technically a "tear". Just clarifying/interpreting the comments. https://t.co/46LdN8iCKr— David J. Chao - ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) May 4, 2021
No matter how bad the injury, Westbrook has turned his season around and put up jaw-dropping numbers as he tries to lead the Wizards to the playoffs.
Westbrook is just four triple-doubles away from passing Oscar Robertson for the most in NBA history. Even if he averaged zero points, zero rebounds and zero assists over the Wizards' final seven games, he'd still average a triple-double this season.
The Wizards are currently set to compete in the play-in tournament, and no one is going to want to face them the way Westbrook and his backcourt mate Bradley Beal have been playing.
Photo: Getty Images