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It wasn't pain that ended his return, but a large amount of swelling in the afflicted right knee. The decision was made by the team to avoid a lingering issue and to have arthroscopic surgery instead of waiting for the knee to heal on its own.
Westbrook was originally slated to be out beyond the All-Star break, but recently met with team doctors to see if the timetable has changed.
No change in @russwest44's return status after his latest medical exam. Still set to return after AS break. @franchiseok @steelyonsportsThe status quo remains for the aptly named "Ninja Turtle," with Thunder fans forced to watch some of the best basketball ever played in NBA history as superstar forward Kevin Durant continues to make a case for his first MVP award with 12 consecutive games scoring more than 30 points.
— John Rohde (@RohdeOK) January 29, 2014