The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday that Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, his third procedure on the knee since April. Westbrook is expected to return to the court after the All-Star break in February.
“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling,” Thunder president Sam Presti said in a statement. “After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs. On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate.”
OKC is expected to play roughly 25 games without its star point guard. The Thunder share the best record in the NBA (losses-wise) at 23-5.
Westbrook had been averaging 21.3 points, seven assists and six rebounds so far this season.