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Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus

Westbrook is the first identified case for the Rockets.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Rockets guard Russell Westbrook announced on Twitter today that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Westbrook is one of three Rockets (along with James Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute), that did not make the trip last week to the Orlando bubble.

There was speculation as to why Westbrook did not join the team last week, but this tweet from Russ confirms the reasoning behind his late arrival.

The team arrived Friday in the bubble and have already completed two practices. Mike D’Antoni said last night that he hoped Westbrook would join the team sometime this week.

The Rockets have taken the approach to withhold any names of positive cases, but we have known that the Rockets have had positive tests.

Thabo Sefolosha cited one of his reasons for not entering the bubble was that he was very close to a teammate who contracted the coronavirus.

Westbrook’s diagnosis could explain why James Harden might not be in Orlando with the team right now, but Harden has yet to confirm whether he had contracted the virus or not.