The Norman Transcript

December 27, 2013

Westbrook to sit after knee scope

By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

OKLAHOMA CITY — All-Star Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will miss several weeks of action after undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

“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 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."

Westbrook missed the first two games of the season before making his return to lineup Nov. 3. Since then he has averaged 21. 3 points, 7.0 assists and six rebounds per game. He is coming off a triple double performance against the New York Knicks on Christmas.

"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," Presti said.