Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook will not play in Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a right quad contusion, head coach Mike D'Antoni announced before the game.
Ben McLemore will start in Westbrook's place.
He is averaging 27.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his first season with the Rockets and combined with James Harden to lead the team into playoff position before the season was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has a league MVP, eight All-NBA selections, nine All-Star nods, two scoring titles and two assist titles on his resume and averaged a triple-double in his final three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Look for the Rockets to further rely on the combination of McLemore, Eric Gordon, and Austin Rivers until Westbrook is ready to return.