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Russell Westbrook joins long list of Clippers out against the Suns

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Russell Westbrook is the latest Los Angeles Clippers player to be ruled out for tonight’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns.

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Westbrook (left hand contusion) joins Paul George (left knee soreness), James Harden (right foot inflammation), Kawhi Leonard (right knee inflammation) and Joshua Primo (left ankle sprain) as out against the Phoenix Suns (46-33) tonight.

Westbrook was originally questionable for Los Angeles (51-28). Ivica Zubac (left ankle inflammation) is available after originally being questionable.

Westbrook stepped into the starting lineup and delivered his first triple-double of the season in last night’s 105-92 win against the Suns, finishing with 16 points, 15 assists and 15 rebounds. Zubac dominated the paint, ending with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Harden missed yesterday’s game and this will be Leonard’s sixth straight game missed. George had 23 points last night.

Meanwhile, for the Suns, only Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) is listed as out, as he has been all season. No one else is probable or questionable.

Jusuf Nurkić is set to return after missing last night’s game with a right ankle sprain. Phoenix dropped to 1-5 on the season last night when Nurkić doesn’t play.

The Clippers absolutely embarrassed the Suns in Phoenix yesterday, once going up 35-4 in the first quarter. They led by as much as 37 in the first half even without Leonard and Harden. Now, with L.A. potentially only having Terance Mann and Norman Powell of their top-7 rotation players, the Suns can absolutely not afford another loss.

Phoenix dropped back to a play-in spot, the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference after last night’s loss, one game behind the New Orleans Pelicans (47-32), who they own the head-to-head tiebreaker over.

The Clippers are pretty much locked into the fourth seed, as they are two games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks (49-30), who they have the head-to-head tiebreaker over with only three games left.

Tonight’s game tips off at 7:30 p.m. MST. The Clippers lead the season series 3-0.

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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