We all thought that the first month and a half of the 2013-14 NBA season would be missing one of the most exciting young players in the league in Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook after he underwent surgery on the knee that he tore his meniscus in during the first round of the 2013 postseason.
However, Westbrook returned faster than anyone could have ever expected as he missed just two regular season games. Though it took him a while to get fully comfortable, he had not only looked like the explosive point guard that we are used to seeing in December, but had actually seemed to take a giant leap forward.
Now there is a step back for Westbrook. According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Westbrook underwent scope surgery on that same knee to reduce swelling. Mayberry is also reporting that the injury will keep Westbrook out until after the All-Star break, which lasts from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16.
As pointed out by Zach Lowe of Grantland, the initial surgery that Westbrook had in the preseason that caused him to miss just two regular season games was also to reduce swelling that was caused by a loose stitch.
In 14 games in December, Westbrook was averaging 21.4 points, 8.1 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32 minutes per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the floor. He’s clearly been a catalyst behind the recent surge of OKC, who is 12-2 over those 14 games.
This Westbrook injury won’t completely negate any future success that the Thunder could have because they still have Kevin Durant on their roster and backup point guard Reggie Jackson has been playing wonderfully this season. It will, however, probably slow them down from the torrid pace they’ve been playing at in terms of wins and losses over the last month. Most importantly, though, it’s a shame basketball fans don’t get to watch one of the most exciting players in the NBA for another month and a half. For that reason, we wish him another speedy recovery.