OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Friday, following recent swelling on his leg.
Westbrook, who has been in top form since returning from surgery earlier this year, is averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds per game thus far and his partnership with the sharp shooting Kevin Durant has once again made OKC a legitimate title contender.
“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 Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam 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.”
Oklahoma City (23-5) travel to face the Charlotte Bobcats (14-15) on Friday at the Time Warner Cable Arena without the five year pro so Reggie Jackson will start
The 25 year-old Westbrook, who underwent his third surgery on knee, will take some rest and is expected to return to action after All-Star break in mid-February.