It was only a matter of time before a star tested positive for Covid-19. Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook announced Monday that he has tested positive for the virus via Twitter. While he says he’s feeling well and plans to join his team in Orlando, Florida for a title run, his recovery could play a major role in how the restart of the NBA season pans out and the success of the Rockets.
Westbrook was just traded to Houston this past offseason and is serving as James Harden’s co-star. Neither of the two have reported to camp, but coach Mike D’Antoni said he expected them to report soon over the weekend. While Harden could be practicing with the team this week, Westbrook will have to quarantine himself ahead of the Rockets’ first game on July 31.
Westbrook is Houston’s second leading scorer — behind Harden — with 27.5 points per game and also leads the undersized squad in rebounds per game (8.0). Extended time away from the team could deal a serious blow to sixth-seeded Houston as it looks to gain ground in the final eight regular season games of the year.
The Rockets have the third best odds (+700) to come out of the Western Conference on DraftKings Sportsbook, and but if Westbrook can’t play or is limited by physically by his recent positive Covid-19 test, those odds will drop significantly.