Russell Westbrook Out With Knee Surgery Till All-Star Break
Russell Westbrook will be out till the end of February - which is about the span of 20 games – due to arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee. Westbrook had knee surgery in April 27th and on October 1st to fix his lateral meniscus and some stitching, but has recently experienced some swelling in his knee again.
"Russell has been playing pain free but recently had experienced increased swelling," GM Sam Presti said. "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."
You cannot replace the magnitude of a player like Russell Westbrook, but Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb have been doing a serviceable job for the Thunder’s back court. If they can hold down the fort like they did the first time he was injured, the Thunder will be able to maintain their status as one of the Western Conference’s elite teams, but make no mistake, they will need Westbrook for the playoffs if they are going to be contenders for a championship.