Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell
Westbrook will be sidelined indefinitely because of a knee injury that will
The Thunder said Westbrook suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee
during Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against Houston on
Wednesday. He will undergo surgery in the coming days.
"Our players' health is our first and foremost concern," said Thunder general
manager Sam Presti in a statement Friday. "The Thunder's medical team and
several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a
procedure to address the issue. We have thoroughly discussed this with
Russell. Despite being the competitor and teammate that he is, he respects and
understands the decision and is committed to come back even stronger."
Ironically, the fifth-year veteran has never missed a game in his pro career.
"Certainly Russell is a leader and core player for this team, but we are in
the midst of the playoffs and I know other players are determined to step up
and contribute," Presti added. "We have a resilient group of players who have
always taken pride in playing as a team and that approach will continue."
Westbrook has averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds in Oklahoma
City's first two playoff games this spring. The Thunder own a 2-0 lead in the
best-of-seven series against the Rockets, with Game 3 set for Saturday in
The three-time All-Star averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists and a career-high
5.2 rebounds in 82 games this season.
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