Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook underwent unexpectedly had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, Thunder executive Sam Presti announced.
Here’s is Presti’s statement, per NBA.com:
“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,” said Presti. “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 was scheduled to miss the first few weeks of the season while rehabbing the knee but returned in early November and has played well, averaging 21.3 points, six rebounds and seven assists in 25 games. The Thunder are 21-4 with Westbrook in the lineup.
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