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Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook (ankle) held out of practice Friday

May 20, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after making a basket during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook did not practice Friday due to a right ankle injury and his status for Game 3 Saturday against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers is unclear.

The Wizards point guard sustained the injury during Wednesday’s 120-95 loss in Game 2 at top-seeded Philadelphia, which has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Westbrook’s status for Saturday depends on how he responds to treatment, head coach Scott Brooks said Friday.

“He got some treatment. That’s all I know as of right now. He got treatment yesterday,” Brooks said. “I’m sure he’s going to do it around the clock like he always does. He always tries to put himself in the best position to play. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Westbrook, 32, registered 10 points and 11 assists in Game 2 before exiting with the injury. He had 16 points and 14 assists in Game 1.

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A fan poured popcorn on Westbrook as he was being helped off the court at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. The 76ers revoked the fan’s season tickets, banned the individual from the arena and issued an apology to Westbrook.

The nine-time All-Star averaged 22.2 points, a league-leading 11.7 assists and a career-high 11.5 rebounds in 65 games in the 2020-21 regular season, his first year with the Wizards. It marked the fourth time in five seasons that Westbrook has averaged a triple-double for the entire season.

–Field Level Media