Russell Westbrook is Suddenly Available for Sunday’s Matchup with the Bulls

About 24 hours after news dropped that Russell Westbrook would enter the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols, the Lakers lead guard will rejoin the team. In fact, Westbrook has reportedly been named available for tonight’s game, meaning he will not miss a single game due to this brief stint in protocols.

The news suggests Westbrook either had an inconclusive or false-positive test earlier this week, which makes him the third Laker to exit protocols early this season. LeBron James spent two days in quarantine due to an inconclusive test. Meanwhile, Lakers guard Malik Monk entered protocols on Tuesday but officially tested out on Thursday evening.

Los Angeles still has Dwight Howard, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Avery Bradley away from the team due to positive tests. However, with Westbrook and Monk back, the Lakers become considerably stronger heading into their matchup at the United Center.

Fortunately, the Bulls have also gotten back a couple of key players this week, with Coby White, Javonte Green, and DeMar DeRozan officially exiting protocols, but whether or not all three can suit up for Sunday night’s contest is still up for debate. All returning Bulls players must show the training staff they are in strong enough shape to return to the rotation, which is something that may not be the easiest considering they each experienced a full 10-day quarantine.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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