The impossible has happened. Russell Westbrook is injured.
Westbrook injured his knee in the video above in Game 2 and will now undergo surgery on his knee and may miss the rest of the playoffs.
Most players need 6-8 weeks to return from a meniscus tear. Metta World Peace returned after just 13 days earlier this season which was a unique case. If anyone, you’d think Westbrook could return as fast as anyone.
Blake Griffin also returned very quickly from a minor meniscus tear during his freshman year at Oklahoma. He returned after just six days.
We need more information about Russ’ injury before we can really say how long he’ll be out.
As you can see in the video, this play did not need to happen. The Thunder were about to call a timeout before Patrick Beverley went for a steal that never gets made and made contact with Westbrook’s knee.
Westbrook was very angry after the play and at Beverley.
It wasn’t a dirty play by Beverley but was pretty lame of him in retrospect. You never want to see something so meaningless result in a player possibly being lost for the season.
Westbrook is officially being called “out indefinitely.” Maybe he will miss the rest of the playoffs. There’s no doubt he will make a speedy recovery.
I really don’t even think I’d want Russ hurrying back unless he is 100 percent. Just hard to imagine him being as effective playing hurt. Wouldn’t want to risk injurying himself more either.
Westbrook hadn’t missed a game in his high school, college or pro career up until now. There was never any worry that he would ever get hurt in any kind of way.
Kevin Durant gets to be pretty much a one-man show now. It might actually be kind of cool to watch and I think that this Thunder team still has a good shot to make it to the conference finals.
Reggie Jackson will start in place of Westbrook and hopefully will continue to improve upon what has been a great season for him. It’s time for him to grow up real quick now.
The Derek Fisher signing seems decent now. Who would have thought?
Kevin Martin should start getting to handle the ball a lot more now. The same for Serge Ibaka.
The Thunder still have a lot of talent but it’s just hard to imagine them without Russ.
This is a sad day for the Thunder.