Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell
Westbrook will miss the rest of the postseason after undergoing surgery on his
right knee to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
Westbrook was originally listed as out indefinitely after suffering the injury
in Game 2 of the Thunder's Western Conference quarterfinal against the
Rockets. The fifth-year guard has never missed a game in his pro career.
"Although we are of course disappointed that Russell will be unable to return
to the floor with his teammates this season, the opportunity to repair the
meniscus as opposed to remove it was the best possible scenario for Russell's
long term health as a player and person," said Thunder executive vice
president and general manager Sam Presti. "Russell's health and well being are
obviously our number one priority through this process and today's procedure
helped solidify our belief that Russell will have many productive years of
basketball in his future."
Oklahoma City, which carries a 2-0 series lead into Saturday's contest in
Houston with the Rockets, will have to move forward without the three-time NBA
All-Star, who posted 24.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds in the
Thunder's first two playoff games.
Westbrook will begin rehab immediately and a timetable for his return will be
decided during the offseason. He averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2
rebounds and 1.77 steals per game this season.
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