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Russell Westbrook out Friday with strained quad; status uncertain for playoffs

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NBA: Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The injury bug bit the Rockets today as it was announced Russell Westbrook will be sidelined with a strained quad.

According to sources, Westbrook underwent an MRI and the team will re-evaluate him before the playoffs, which begin Monday.

Westbrook is not in action today against the Pacers. He wouldn’t have been in action if healthy either, as the Rockets have not played him in back-to-backs this season.

Russ will not play in the Rockets’ bubble finale Friday against the 76ers either and could miss some early playoff games.

The severity of the injury is not clear yet, but the biggest fear of returning too soon is rupturing the quad, which infamously sidelined Victor Oladipo for a year.

With Westbrook out, expect expanded roles for James Harden, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers.