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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook's Status Remains Unchanged

By on 1/30/2014 10:00:00 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is no stranger to invasive knee surgeries, undergoing his third procedure over the last calendar year this past December.The UCLA product was slated to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season as he recovered from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus after suffering the injury in a playoff matchup with the Houston Rockets last April.

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Instead, Westbrook returned only three weeks into the season - perhaps lacking the judgment to remain shelved - rushing himself back to a team that would win games with or without him in the lineup.

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.
The 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.


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