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Report: Russell Westbrook day-to-day with sore hamstring

The Lakers PG was forced to leave Friday’s preseason game due to the injury.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 12, 2022 at Arena in Los Angeles, California.
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Update, Oct. 16 — Westbrook is dealing with a sore hamstring and is considered day-to-day, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. This seems to be the best case scenario, though we’ll see if Westbrook is healthy enough to play in Tuesday’s opener vs. the Warriors.

The Los Angeles Lakers ruled point guard Russell Westbrook out for the rest of their preseason game against the Sacramento Kings Friday after he suffered a hamstring injury. The game was significant for Westbrook, as he came off the bench in an effort to break up the stars in the rotation and possibly deliver stronger results from the secondary group.

The Lakers have publicly expressed confidence in Westbrook fitting better with LeBron James and Anthony Davis this year, but privately might still be trying to trade him. The point guard did not have a good season last year despite posting strong numbers. He failed to click with James and Davis, who were also injured for a good chunk of the year.

New head coach Darvin Ham has suggested Westbrook coming off the bench could help the team overall but we’ll see if he really does go with that strategy or keeps the former MVP in the starting lineup.