Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will be sidelined through the All-Star break after undergoing knee surgery today. Swelling in Westbrook's right knee warranted arthroscopic surgery on the same knee which he tore his lateral meniscus just last year.
"Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. "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.
"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."
This is obviously disappointing news for the Thunder who currently sit at 2nd place in the Western Conference with a 23-5 record. Westbrook was having a stellar year as well, averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.