Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery in the next few days to fix a torn meniscus, making his availability for the rest of the playoffs uncertain.
Westbrook, who has never missed a game in his five seasons, was injured when he and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley collided in the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 2 playoff victory Wednesday. As he was bringing the ball up the court and was about to call a timeout, Beverley lunged for the ball and his knee struck Westbrook’s.
“Our players’ health is our first and foremost concern. The Thunder’s medical team and several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a procedure to address the issue,” General Manager Sam Presti said in a statement put out by the team.
“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. 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. We have a resilient group of players who have always taken pride in playing as a team and that approach will continue.”
Oklahoma City leads Houston 2-0 in the best-of-seven, first-round series, but losing Westbrook for any length of time is significant.
One source close to OKC’s Russell Westbrook on whether he could return from meniscus tear in this postseason: “Maybe.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 26, 2013
H/T SB Nation