Russell Westbrook’s Return Looms Large for Clippers’ Playoff Aspirations

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The Los Angeles Clippers are gearing up for a significant boost as Russell Westbrook is expected to make his return this week after a prolonged absence due to a fractured left hand. 

After being sidelined since March 1st, Westbrook has been cleared to play and may play as early as Monday night at Crypto.com Arena against the Indiana Pacers.

Although he declined to give a specific timetable for Westbrook’s comeback, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue was upbeat about the veteran guard’s development. Lue hinted at Westbrook’s impending return when he said, “Russ is doing well. He’ll play sometime next week.”

With a 7-5 record thus far, the Clippers have been battling their way through a difficult March schedule, so Westbrook’s return is much-needed. His arrival is anticipated to significantly improve the team’s depth and chances of making the playoffs. 

The Clippers have managed a respectable 6-5 record since Westbrook’s injury, but his return could potentially elevate their performance as they strive to maintain their position in the fiercely competitive Western Conference.

Harden Anticipates Russell Westbrook’s Clippers Comeback

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The Los Angeles Clippers are gearing up for a significant boost as Russell Westbrook is expected to make his return this week after a prolonged absence due to a fractured left hand.

The veteran’s leadership and championship dreams are in line with the team’s objectives, and James Harden, who has been crucial in Russell Westbrook’s absence, expressed his excitement for the veteran’s return.

As Westbrook prepares to rejoin the lineup, the Clippers are also witnessing the return of other key players, including Terance Mann, further bolstering their roster depth.

In spite of the bench’s previous troubles, the Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers handily, keeping a 1 1⁄2-game advantage over the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference rankings.

The Clippers are well-positioned to sustain their momentum and earn home-court advantage in the playoffs, especially with Russel Westbrook’s impending return and a comparatively healthy squad.

The squad emphasizes the significance of sticking to their game plan and goals as they get closer to the end of the regular season and continues to be more concerned with their own performance than with outside competition.

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