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Russell Westbrook clears bubble protocol, scheduled to practice Wednesday

Russ is right on track for the restart opener.

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The Houston Rockets received more good news today. Russell Westbrook, who was delayed arriving to the Orlando bubble due to a positive COVID-19 test and didn’t join the team until Monday night, has officially cleared the NBA’s Orlando bubble quarantine protocol and is expected to practice with the team today, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.

Westbrook was required to do a two-day quarantine in his hotel room before being allowed to join the team, and he also had to test negative for COVID-19 twice before even being allowed on campus.

This is, of course, nothing but great news for the Rockets, who open their scrimmages on Friday, however, Westbrook is not expected to play. He is, however, expected to be a full go by the time the Rockets open their bubble schedule on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets initially started training camp without Russ, James Harden, and Luc Mbah a Moute. Harden joined the team last week, and now Russ, and the team is still waiting on Mbah a Moute, though he is reported to have cleared and may even arrive as early as today.

Check back at TDS later. If Luc arrives, we’ll post on it.