While superstitious sports fans were fretting about Kevin Durant and the alleged Sports Illustrated cover curse this week, fellow Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook was featured in one of the NBA’s “We’re All Watching” commercials.
Maybe those are cursed, because now we wish we were watching No. 0 but unfortunately, we won’t be for the rest of this post-season.
The Thunder’s starting point guard injured his knee in Wednesday’s victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. Westbrook tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee when he collided with Houston guard Patrick Beverley.
According to my excellent colleague Anthony Slater, the Thunder announced today that after undergoing successful knee surgery in Vail, Colo., Westbrook will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
“Although we are of course disappointed that Russell will be unable to return to the floor with his teammates this season, the opportunity to repair the meniscus as opposed to remove it was the best possible scenario for Russell’s long term health as a player and person,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a release. “Russell’s health and well being are obviously our number one priority through this process and today’s procedure helped solidify our belief that Russell will have many productive years of basketball in his future.”
Second-year guard Reggie Jackson will take his place in the starting lineup.
Game 3 in the series tips off at 8:30 tonight in Houston and will air on ESPN and Fox Sports Oklahoma. I will be rooting for the Thunder, cheering on Jackson as he steps up and hoping that Westbrook, my favorite player, has a comfortable and speedy recovery!