It’s official now. Russell Westbrook has had surgery on his torn meniscus and the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that he will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs.
Not surprising the Thunder opted for the safe, long-term route. Have to think of Westbrook’s health and career first and foremost.
— Royce Young (@dailythunder) April 27, 2013
This was expected. The Thunder are playing it safe here and that’s exactly what they should do. While I guess there was a chance Westbrook could have tried to return in these playoffs, considering the way that he plays injuring his knee even worse seems like it could have been a real possibility.
The chances that the Thunder win the NBA title this season are just about completely gone now. There’s just no way to think they could get past the Miami Heat without Westbrook.
I do think that there is still a shot they could win the Western Conference, which would be a heck of an accomplishment. They will be underdogs from the second round on out.
The Thunder should be able to get past the Rockets with relative ease thanks to the 2-0 cushion they now have. But the Los Angeles Clippers or Memphis Grizzlies will be very tough to deal with in the second round.
Homecourt will help and the fact that the Thunder still have the second best player in the world in Kevin Durant. This Thunder team just isn’t well-practiced in playing without Westbrook.
I’m not sure what to expect tonight. Hopefully the guys rally for Russ and get the win. Game 3 will tip at 8:30 p.m. CST.