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Russell Westbrook expected to play in Game 5

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The Rockets will finally be at full strength.

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

Some good news for the Houston Rockets (and us fans). According to multiple sources, Russell Westbrook is expected to play in Saturday’s rescheduled Game 5.

Westbrook has missed the entire postseason so far with a strained quad, but from the sounds of it, he’ll be full speed when the Rockets return to the court this weekend. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Westbrook looked, “as explosive as ever,” during an intrasquad scrimmage the Rockets held at Thursday’s practice.

Westbrook’s imminent return comes after the Rockets have lost two consecutive games to the Thunder, both of which they were in position to win. Having someone to get inside regularly when the outside shots aren’t falling should pay dividends in helping the Rockets close out down the stretch. They also really needs Russ’s playmaking abilities to take advantage of Oklahoma City when James Harden sits.

It remains to be seen whether Eric Gordon or Danuel House heads to the bench, but let’s hope it’s EG. House is having a fantastic postseason so far. Either way, it should also strengthen a bench unit that’s struggled beyond Jeff Green.

The start time of Saturday’s game is still TBD.

Welcome back, Russ!