Posted April 26, 2013

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook to undergo surgery for meniscus tear

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Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook will sit indefinitely for a meniscus tear in his right knee. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee, the team announced Friday.

Westbrook is out indefinitely and there is no timetable for his return. Westbrook has never previously missed a game in his four NBA seasons.

Westbrook was injured in the second quarter of Game 2 in their first-round series with the Houston Rockets when Rockets guard Patrick Beverley lunged into him trying for a steal and his hip collided with Westbrook’s knee.

Westbrook was obviously upset and limped around for a couple of minutes but stayed in the game. Westbrook ending up playing 37 minutes, scoring 29 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Thunder went on to win the game 105-102 to take a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is Saturday night in Houston.

“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,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. “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.”


13 comments
goosepabs
goosepabs

well Kevin Durant  might not even be number 2 this year. Number 3 or 4 for a change huh?

geewhiz
geewhiz

Well, just go ahead and give the heat the trophy now, playoffs are over.

JonathanWoyke
JonathanWoyke

I hate Westbrook more than anything but those fouls look like a overeager high school kid trying to prove himself in a NBA playoff game, and it cost Westbrook the season. if that had happened to a player I liked id be talking all sorts of ish. Beaverly is an idiot, sucks for Russ, because even though he is a pain hes a fierce competitor and they need him if they want to beat the Heat.... no Harden no Westbrook, its gonna be Spurs/Heat finals

riley8
riley8

Someone please explain how this is a dirty play?

bulletrico
bulletrico

I hate that SOB... That being said he is a heck of a player an I wish for a speedy recovery.

pumabolt
pumabolt

 @riley8 

Old school players knew how to deal with overly aggressive defenders; run them into crushing screens. I find that many point guards today overlook the screen as a great intimidation tool, and many jus see it as a way to get a running start or open shot. One good screen from Ibaka or Perkins with a little hidden shoulder movement and Beverley would have backed off Westbrook.

JulesG
JulesG

 @riley8 Not dirty, but everyone on the court knows he is slowing down to call a timeout. Which is why no player ever goes at the person bringing the ball up. So, it was unnecessary and dumb of him to try and go for a steal knowing the situation. And because of it, the Thunder lose their 2nd best player and any shot at a title this year. Hate to see that happen, despite not being a huge Westbrook fan, but I respect all players who can play the game at a high level.

JonathanWoyke
JonathanWoyke

 @riley8

 its not a dirty play just a stupid play, an unnecessary play that you don't pull in the playoffs.

humdinger
humdinger

 @PadraigHansen  @JonathanWoyke  @riley8

1. The whistle blew after Beverley had already made his move. Check the video.

2. Doesn't matter if he was going to get the steal or not. He's taught to play competitively all 48 minutes.

3. Definitely not bush league. Bush league plays are called flagrants. This play just happened to catch Westbrook at an angle which induced a knee injury.

 

As a guy who tore his ACL playing basketball, believe me in that it is pretty random when you tear it. I was going up for a rebound and had someone competing for the rebound with me so I got pushed while landing and tore my ACL. It was still a basketball play. Knees are just kinda vulnerable.

PadraigHansen
PadraigHansen

 @humdinger  @JonathanWoyke  @riley8 Except that in this case, the whistle blew before contact was made.  Plus, we went for a steal across the body where all he could have done was knock the ball out.  While incidental, still a bush league play.