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Westbrook officially out for playoffs following knee surgery

Apr 27, 2013, 3:27 PM EST

Russell Westbrook underwent successful surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee on Saturday, Oklahoma City officially announced. He will make a full recovery. That’s the good news if you’re an Oklahoma City Thunder fan.

He will be out for these entire playoffs. That’s the bad news.

The question of his return really couldn’t be known until the surgeon opened up his knee and got a good look at the tear and what kind of repair would be done (remove the damage or sew it up, essentially). There was no timetable given by the Thunder for his return outside of missing this postseason.

Westbrook and the Thunder needed to make the long-term decision here, fix it and not rush him back. Westbrook is 24, Kevin Durant is 24 and both are locked up with long-term deals — the Thunder have a long championship window. They need to think about next season and the five beyond that, not this playoff push.

It appears the Thunder did that.

Reggie Jackson will get the start in Westbrook’s place (and he’s been solid). This could mean more Derek Fisher on the court as well.

The injury occurred midway through the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 2 win over the Rockets. These playoffs have had a rash of injuries that have sidelined star players — Kobe Bryant, David Lee and of course guys who have been out longer such as Rajon Rondo or Derrick Rose — and it’s sucked some of the joy out of the postseason. This injury opens up the Western Conference, where the Thunder went from the favorites to very beatable.

  1. andrewproughcfe - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    If Duncan and Popovich win this year, got to wonder if they’ll retire on top.

  2. lkasprzak - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    So Heat will win 2nd championship… yaaawn…

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Carmelo and Tyson Chandler will do what Dirk and Chandler did to the Heat 2 short years ago. Knicks will win in 6 games.

      • HotHotHeat - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        That’s a pretty funny joke.

      • andrewproughcfe - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Sure is – it was the funniest thing in the world 2 years ago.

        Remember? Q: Why doesn’t Lebron shop at the dollar store? A: Because he only has 3 quarters. Q: Why does Lebron James drive an automatic car? A: He cant handle a clutch. Q: Why does LeBron only eat boneless buffalo wings? A: Because he has a tendency to choke

        source: http://www.jokes4us.com/celebrityjokes/lebronjamesjokes.html

      • brutl - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Actually, it wasn’t funny then, either. Plus, Lebron made you look ridiculous the very next year (and will again this year).

      • badintent - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Bosh is soft, Birdman should start. Bosh too busy on his stolen chains insurance claims paperwork .Tyson and Birdman will be a war but J.R. will dominate off the bench.Noles and Shum are a wash.Felton wil blow by Dwade and his bum knee.Kicks will double LBJ . Heat have no answer this season to Knicks 3s..Woodsen is soooooo much smarter than Eric.But South Beach does has more topless European models than Fire Island.

      • eventhorizon04 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        First – You have to google LeBron jokes? Pretty sad.

        Second – If you think LeBron “chokes” in the playoffs, you should look up Carmelo Anthony’s playoff record sometime…

        (Hint – it’s not very good)

  3. jerdogthompson - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    If the Clippers play like they did in December they can beat the Heat guaranteed. The question is whether they continue to play like they did in December.

  4. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    TNT just dug up a clip of Russell Westbrook pulling the exact same move on Jeremy Lin; going for a steal when he’s obviously pulling up to call for time. I won’t judge a guy for being a tad over-aggressive/competitive, but don’t try to fight a guy (Patrick Beverly) because he matches your intensity.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      I really hate that Westbrook is out though. The 2013 playoffs are less exciting by the day. (Although there is an outside chance that Westbrook’s injury will pave the way for a west team to make the Finals who can actually challenge the Heat–Spurs or Grizzlies with their multiple skilled big men)

  5. waynegretsky77 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    very injury prone.

  6. whodeytn - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Sure is – it was the funniest thing in the world 2 years ago.

    Remember? Q: Why doesn’t Lebron shop at the dollar store? A: Because he only has 3 quarters. Q: Why does Lebron James drive an automatic car? A: He cant handle a clutch. Q: Why does LeBron only eat boneless buffalo wings? A: Because he has a tendency to choke
    ======

    • brutl - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      You must be from Ohio

  7. nawlinsmitty - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Carmelo will NEVER win a championship. He doesn’t even know how to set a pick.

    • badintent - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Why the hell should he ? He’s doing all the shooting! Go back to your EA video game.And stay there.

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Anonymous loser on couch decides that perennial all-star and scoring champ doesn’t know the basics of basketball.

      That’s real useful insight – very useful. Please tell us more – I’ll bet Anthony doesn’t know how to dribble or shoot free throws either? He probably does that 2-handed double dribble like a 4th grade girl, and tries his free throws granny-style – underhanded. Right smart guy?

  8. packfaninvikeland - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    All he wanted to do was call a timeout..

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Might’ve helped if the Thunder hadn’t sent him right back in the game.

  9. kavika6 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Just like with Kobe and the Lakers, the Spurs’ series win will be fun but not as satisfying.

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