Russell Westbrook injury update: expected to have full recovery by next season

Apr 4, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates a 3 point basket against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half in Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It was hard to believe when Russell Westbrook was ruled out for the playoffs after injuring his knee in Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Houston Rockets series.

Westbrook hadn’t missed a game in his entire NBA, college and high school career before then. The Thunder were simply not the same without him losing in five game to the Memphis Grizzlies in the next round and going 1-3 at home without him.

Thunder GM Sam Presti spoke to the media yesterday about a number of things. He also added this about Westbrook and his injury.

This is pretty much expected. Westbrook tore his right meniscus, which is an injury that typically keeps an NBA player sidelined for 6-8 weeks. This isn’t even close to tearing an ACL like Derrick Rose did.

Westbrook will have plenty of time this summer with no Olympics to fully recover and be ready for next season.

Next year’s Thunder team should again look a bit different. Kevin Martin’s future with the team seems unlikely and Derek Fisher won’t be coming back either. That will leave two players within the regular rotation to be replaced.

We saw Reggie Jackson really step up in the playoffs without Westbrook and Presti said this about rookie Jeremy Lamb, who hardly played this season.

 

What will remain the same is the presence of Kevin Durant and Westbrook. Watching the team without Russ in these playoffs was an unpleasant experience. Let’s hope we never have to go through that again.

Topics: NBA Playoffs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook

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