If Russell Westbrook was mad at Patrick Beverley immediately following the injury on the court, that’s nothing compared to how he feels about him now.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Westbrook is “irate” at Beverley, who ran into him causing this injury in Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first round series vs. the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Yahoo! Sports is also reporting that the injury – a tear to his lateral meniscus – is “minimal.” Westbrook could potentially return within weeks instead of months from this.
The first thought when you hear Westbrook is injured and that he needs surgery is that he would be done for the playoffs. This isn’t that type of serious injury. If anyone can return quickly from an injury, you’d think it would be Westbrook who hasn’t missed a game in his high school, college or NBA career.
At best, it does seem like Westbrook will miss the first and second round. Maybe he could return very late in a second round series vs. the Los Angeles Clippers or Memphis Grizzlies but that feels unlikely.
We don’t really know yet though.
Metta World Peace suffered a similar injury earlier this season and amazingly returned in just 13 days. Blake Griffin suffered a similar injury in his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma and returned in only six days.
Again, Westbrook seems like the type to do the abnormal and come back as quick as possible.
We know Westbrook’s competitveness will make him try and come back as soon as possible.
Yahoo! Sports also reported that the Thunder do not want to rush Russ back in a way that would risk his future. Considering the way Westbrook plays, unless he is 100 percent it seems like that risk will definitely be there is he tries to return in the playoffs.
It’s going to be weird watching the Thunder without Russ the next few games. Kevin Durant hasn’t played in a Thunder game without him since his rookie season.
OKC should be able to still get past the Rockets but this series just got a lot more interesting. A second round matchup vs. the Clippers or Grizzlies is an entirely different story though.