Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the start of the Houston Rockets’ first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder next week because of a strained right quadriceps.
The nine-time all-star guard is a central figure in the series between the two Southwest Division rivals, as the Rockets acquired him in a blockbuster trade for the Thunder’s Chris Paul last summer.
Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7 assists this season.
West play-in series set
The Portland Trail Blazers escaped the Brooklyn Nets, 134-133, and will play the Memphis Grizzlies in a best-of-three play-in series to determine the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant had triple-doubles to help Memphis wrap up its spot with a 119-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks . . . Devin Booker scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the Dallas Mavericks, 128-102, to finish as the only unbeaten team (8-0) in the restart of the season. The Suns were eliminated from the playoffs with Portland’s win over the Nets.
Spurs’ playoff streak ends
San Antonio’s record-tying run of 22 consecutive postseason appearances ended, with the Spurs being eliminated from contention for the West play-in series. The Spurs needed the Grizzlies or the Suns to lose to have any chance of competing for the last playoff spot … Buddy Hield scored 28 points, including a 3-pointer that capped Sacramento’s streak of 11 consecutive baskets made in the third period, and the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 136-122, for only their third win since the restart of the season … Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor and the Orlando Magic tuned up for the postseason by beating the New Orleans Pelicans, 133-127, to snap a five-game skid.