Bad news just hit the best team in the NBA as a new Russell Westbrook injury has taken the Oklahoma City Thunder's star point guard out until at least the All-Star break. According to ESPN on Dec. 27, Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday.
This is not too much of a shock because the Thunder rushed Westbrook back a month before he was supposed to return after injuring his knee in last year's playoffs. This was to help the Thunder get over a slow start, and it resulted in the team becoming the NBA team with the best winning percentage since then.
However, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said that Westbrook has been playing pain free but has been experiencing swelling in his knee after games. Brooks said the team consulted with his surgeon and they chose to schedule MRIs.
After the most recent MRI, the surgeon said that there was a new problem with Westbrook's knee that was not known before and was undetected until now. The surgeon told the team that Westbrook needed the arthroscopic surgery to stop the swelling.
The Russell Westbrook injury that knocked the Thunder out of the playoffs last year was a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. It was the first injury Westbrook ever suffered in his career. Since his return, Westbrook has averaged 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and six rebounds a game.
The good news this season is that his backup Reggie Jackson is playing at an extremely high level and is much better prepared to step in for Westbrook. Jackson has averaged 24.8 minutes a game and is scoring 12.5 points per game from the bench.