Clippers Get Exciting Russell Westbrook Injury Update For Playoff Push

The Los Angeles Clippers get positive news from their star sixth-man.
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With less than a month left for the start of NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers are starting to look whole once again. They already have their star trio of James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George healthy and available, and now they are getting their bench leader back as well.

Russell Westbrook, who has been out since Mar. 1 with a hand injury is scheduled to return on Monday against the Indiana Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Clippers News: Russell Westbrook Set to Return on Monday

The Los Angeles Clippers have been struggling in Westbrook's absence, having lost four of their last six and dropping to fourth place in the Western Conference. They are currently 3.5 games behind the three-seeded Timberwolves with 13 games left in the regular season, making a potential rise toward the top challenging.

However, the Clippers are more concerned about being healthy for the playoffs than their seeding, anyway.

And they need Westbrook's playmaking and leadership off the bench to fully maximize their postseason chances.

Russ, who has fully embraced and thrived in his role with the Clippers, is averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game on 45.2% shooting from the field in 22.6 minutes.

The LA Clippers currently have the third-best odds (+550) in the entire NBA to win the title, behind the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets. If they are fully healthy, the Clippers clearly have as good of a shot as anybody to make the NBA Finals. If you think this is the season for them, head over to FanDuel Sportsbook, claim your sign-up offer, and put in your bet.

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