Westbrook suffered the injury with 5:34 left in the second quarter of Game 2 at Chesapeake Energy Arena when Houston guard Patrick Beverley cut in front of Westbrook while he was calling for a timeout.
Westbrook fell to the floor after his right knee collided with the left side of Beverley’s hip. An angry Westbrook hopped to his feet, slammed the scorer’s table in frustration and glared in Beverley’s direction before slowly returning to the Thunder bench.
Following the collision, a hobbled Westbrook remained in the game, scored 20 points thereafter and played all 24 minutes of the second half.
Geier described the meniscus as a c-shaped shock absorber in the knee. “Tears of the meniscus typically don’t heal,” Geier said, therefore requiring surgery.
If Westbrook’s injury requires extensive repair, he would need to stay off his feet for several weeks. “No weight bearing,” Geier said. “Limit motion to certain range. You have to get the meniscus to heal.”
Geier said when the surgical procedure is merely a trim, patients often are on their feet that day and can proceed as much as their pain tolerance allows. “It takes a little time to get the swelling down,” Geier said. “Most people are walking around the house, around town, in two or three days. Then lightly jogging.”
The pain associated with a meniscus tear is not constant and “It’s typically twisting-type motions,” Geier said. “Planting your foot, changing directions. It’s very hard to play basketball because of the twisting and cutting motions.”