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Russell Westbrook to undergo knee surgery, out indefinitely

Apr 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be out indefinitely, the Thunder announced on Friday.

The injury occurred with 5:34 to play in the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, and as seen in the video clip above, there will undoubtedly be plenty of fans in Oklahoma City blaming Houston’s Patrick Beverley for this unfortunate turn of events.

Westbrook was heading to the sideline and the Thunder were going to call for a timeout, but Beverley kept playing until he heard the the whistle, and knocked knees with Westbrook, causing the Thunder guard to twist awkwardly before falling to the floor.

Beverley said after the game (via CSN Houston) he was unconcerned with Westbrook’s frustration at his aggressive play.

“I don’t care what your status is, any of that,” Beverley said. “I’m just trying to win basketball games, so whatever it takes. If someone gets frustrated, someone gets frustrated. By the end of the day, I’m there to play basketball and help the Rockets win, so that’s my only focus.”

There is no timetable for Westbrook to return, and it would be foolish to rule him out for the rest of the postseason in case the Thunder were able to make a deep run without him. While every athlete is different, Metta World Peace of the Lakers returned to action just 12 days after undergoing surgery to repair a similar injury.

This is devastating news for a Thunder team that finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference, and had legitimate championship aspirations. They still have plenty of firepower, however, and Kevin Durant stepping up to take on more of the load offensively might be an equally scary proposition for the Thunder’s opponents to deal with.

Westbrook had never missed a game to this point in his five-year NBA career due to injury. He posted averages of 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists in 34.9 minutes per game this season.

  1. rohlo - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    beverly is right..he didnt do it intentionally as bumping knees he could have very well been the one injuring himself instead of westbrook.westbrook didnt call timeout till he was actually in mid stride goign for the steal.just like football you play till you hear the whistle!!!! its not liek he could stop in mid stride, it sucks for the thunder that it happened but they better not make beverly out to be a villian..because he is not! russell needed to stop acting liek it was intentional.its not like he went out there and clotheshanged him.. if anything westbrook shouldnt have been hotdogging like a harlem globetrotter dribbling the ball and just bring it up the court and call a timeout like most basketabll players do. if you knew u were gonna call a timeout why make an offensive basketball move,because the defender has to play the ball till like i said he hears the whistle!!! it sucks but thats what you do or else the player could pull a marino on you (how he faked he was going for a timeout and everyone stopped)and fake you out as you let your gaurd down.beverly made a basketball play on him plain and simple.

    • rohlo - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      LMAO people disliking becasue it isnt what they wanna hear.. okc fans are delusional if you think he did that on purpose.. it would have just been easier to take him out by rolling to the ground under his legs.. give me a break!! coaches in all sports tell u to play till you hear the whistle.. it is common sense.. nobody likes to see a star player get injured i agree. if he did it intentionally why did he try to help westbrook up a few plays later..he was showing good sportsmanship even after he knew westbrook was upset with him.. stop thinking with your homer goggles and flip the script and see if u would feel the same way had westbrook been the one that injured beverly.. i would not be happy but it happened while making a play on the ball, he didnt bowl under his legs or something like an offensive lineman does when he cutback blocks…

      • padraighansen - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Rohlo, when you get your GED, maybe you’ll learn how to spell and use punctuation.

  2. rohlo - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    quote ”
    coachro66 – Apr 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM
    Hopefully Kevin Martin can step up and play a lot better… Thats why they traded for him…

    there is a reason houston traded him away… he is a 3 point shooter that doesnt know how to create his own shot at all..he can draw fouls but is not a physical player liie a westbrook or even harden when the thunder had him.. one of his major problems is he flat out sucks on defense ..guy couldnt cover manequin!

    where is james harden when you need him?????

  3. savvybynature - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    “They still have plenty of firepower, however”

    They do? They have Durant and then Ibaka, who averaged 13 a game, and then no other starter who averaged double digits.

    I wouldn’t say that’s plenty of firepower. Durant might be enough to get out of the West, maybe, but it’s not like they have a surplus of superstar players on the team (at least not since they traded Harden, ouch, that was a bad move in hindsight).

    • jjsooner - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Bad move? Really? Harden could have stayed. He left OKC with no choice but to trade him. The view from them was they could lose him next year and get nothing. Harden left because of his ego. No more no less. His role was a 6th man. He was great in that role. He’s the man in Houston because he’s their best option. He wanted to be the ‘man’. Money was not his reasoning. It was a sideshow. It is what it is. I don’t have any issue with it. Its his career and he wanted more time and exposure. Ok.
      Oh and “no other starter who averaged double figures” true enough but realistically, they didn’t need for them to. Reggie Jackson will have to grow up quickly. He certainly has the athleticism to do just that. He needs minutes. He’s gonna get them.

  4. omniusprime - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Sad that Queen James will have no competition stealing his second title. Too bad the OKC Blunder never won before this, now they’ll never win a title. If Westbrook is smart he’ll find a way to get traded to the Lakers who need a great young point guard like him to complement Kobe and Dwight. I think Kevin would look smashing in purple and gold playing for a franchise renowned for winning championships instead of some hick small market team from the rear end of America.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      (West) L. A. fade away: little red light on a highway, little green light on a freeway, hey-hey!

    • jjsooner - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      What a shock. Another loser laker fan talkin trash on a team that has owned them for 2 years running. Go back under the bridge you came from, your homeys are calling you.

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