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Russell Westbrook Out Through All-Star Break Following Knee Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will be out until after the All-Star Break after undergoing his third knee surgery in the last year.

Russell Westbrook injury
Russell Westbrook injury

Dec 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday, the team announced. He is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.

“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling. After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs,” Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said in a statement.

“On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate.”

Westbrook, a three-time NBA All-Star, tore his lateral meniscus in the second game of the playoffs last April. He had the initial surgery on April 27 and another on October 1 to remove a loose stitch.
While he was expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks of this season, Westbrook returned after a two-game absence. He is averaging 21.3 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the 23-5 Thunder this season.

Oklahoma City enters Friday’s contest at Charlotte one half-game behind Portland for first place in the Western Conference.

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