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Why resting Russell Westbrook is a smart move for the Houston Rockets

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the Houston Rockets plan on taking a cautious approach with their star point guard by resting him Monday night against Memphis. Russell Westbrook underwent knee surgery during the offseason and did not participate in 5-on-5 drills up until training camp.

Last year, Westbrook got off to a slow start after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in September of 2018. Even though the Rockets have stumbled out of the gate, here’s why this move is best for both the Rockets and Westbrook.

Why this is the right call

The Rockets have long been one of the few franchises that don’t rest their main players often.