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Russell Westbrook ruled out Tuesday vs. Hornets [UPDATE]

Rockets G had thumb heavily wrapped after last game is unable to play to start the week.

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Feb. 4, 6:18 p.m. — Westbrook will not play vs. the Hornets.

Houston Rockets PG Russell Westbrook is dealing with a thumb injury and is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Charlotte Hornets. Clint Capela (heel) is being listed as out while Austin Rivers is off the injury report.

Westbrook injured his thumb in Sunday’s game against the Pelicans and was seen with it heavily wrapped. So this isn’t all that surprising that Westbrook may be held out with the Rockets coming up on a back-to-back set Thursday and Friday. He could potentially be sidelined through Thursday with that in mind.

Fantasy basketball analysis: Houston Rockets PG Russell Westbrook

James Harden, amirite? Whenever one of the superstars is out, the other will undoubtedly be a very appealing play. I think Harden is breaking out of his slump and is getting healthy, so this could be the spot he really goes off. I’d be interested in playing him in GPPs for sure on Tuesday’s main slate. As for other benefactors, P.J. Tucker should play a ton at center with Capela out. Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore are the other guards who should see more minutes, McLemore could even start. Eric Gordon is another strong tournament play depending on the price.