The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry reported that Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to address some swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
Westbrook returned after missing two regular season games this season. However, there were not obvious effects that brought us to this conclusion. Even in his last game, he dropped his first triple-double of the season.
Sam Presti in a press release this afternoon:
“Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling. 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,” said Presti. “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.”
Westbrook had been averaging 21.9 points, 9.2 assists, and 8.3 rebounds a game in his last 10 games.
He’s expected to miss 27 games if he stays on this time table. Reggie Jackson will move into the starting role.