According to the Oklahoma City Thunder, guard Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee. There is no timetable announced, but this is terrible news for the Thunder’s playoff run chances. The team says Westbrook suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 2nd playoff game when his knee collided with Patrick Beverley which you can see below. Westbrook was none too pleased that Beverley would lunge at him as he prepared to call a time out, and after the injury occurred he was visibly angry.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The meniscus tear is considered to be minimal – perhaps 2 percent of the meniscus, one source said – and Westbrook’s recovery could be weeks instead of months, if the doctor decides to simply “clean up” the meniscus. A full repair of the meniscus would likely mean a three-month recovery for Westbrook.
Russ has not missed a game in his five seasons in the NBA.