The Oklahoma City Thunder will have to deal with a huge blow after the news that one of their stars will be out for an extended period of time.
Per several reports, floor general Russell Westbrook underwent a scope surgery on his knee today to address some recent swelling and the timetable for his return is the period after the All-Star Break, at the earliest.
Although is never a good thing to see one of the best players in the game to go down with an injury, this could be a blessing in disguise for the Thunder. The team currently has one of the best records in the Western Conference and since their playoff appearance won’t be in jeopardy, it’s better to happen now than nearing the postseason.
With Westbrook out, Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson will most likely see an increased role and even veteran Derek Fisher could be slotted to start at the point, although the best choice would be Jackson since he’s the most dynamic offensive player of the three and he’s the only adept to be a primary ball-handler and a scoring threat at the same time.
The Thunder will undoubtedly miss Westbrook, but if the team doesn’t go in a slump without him, it could turn out to be the best thing for the franchise. If things go well, Westbrook will be healthy for the most important stage of the season and his knee issues will be a thing of the past right when his team could need him the most.