Westbrook has surgery, out until February
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[December 28, 2013]
(Reuters) — Oklahoma City Thunder
guard Russell Westbrook has had knee surgery and will be out of action
for up to two months, the National Basketball Association team said on
The three-time All-Star had "successful arthroscopic surgery on
his right knee" and was not expected to return until after the
mid-February All-Star Game break, the Thunder said on their website.
The surgery was the third on the knee this year.
Westbrook has averaged 21.3 points for Oklahoma City this season and
his absence is clearly a blow for the team, which has started the
season 23-5 — the second-best record in the Western Conference.
"Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced
increased swelling," team general manager Sam Presti said in a
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"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."
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary,
N.C.; editing by
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