OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook out for NBA Playoffs after surgery

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm •  Published: April 27, 2013
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Russell Westbrook's postseason run has officially ended in the first round.

After undergoing successful knee surgery in Vail, Colo., Westbrook will miss the remainder of the playoffs, the Thunder announced on Saturday afternoon.

It's a tough break for the Thunder, one of a few teams many believed had a real shot at the title, and even worse for Westbrook, a hyper-competitive three-time All-Star who averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, a career-high 5.2 rebounds and 1.77 steals this season.

“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.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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