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Thunder Starting Five, 12.30.13

Thunder Starting Five, 12.30.13

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Scott Brooks’ Tie brings you the scoop on Oklahoma City Thunder news off the court

It’s the last Starting Five for 2013. Time to make this one a Russell Westbrook special.

1. The knee is by far one of the most important joints in the body, especially to an athlete. With four major ligaments, the two cruciates and two collaterals, plenty of musculature, several bones, and a lot of cartilage, a lot goes on in the knee. The meniscus, which is the connective tissue that Russell Westbrook tore against the Rockets back in April, is the cartilage buffer between femur and the tibia, the thigh and shin bones, respectively. Much like the rotator cuff in your shoulder, or the intervertebral discs of your spinal column, these connective tissues function to keep the bones of their respective joints from grinding against each other. As with any arthroscopic procedure, like the one Russell just had for the third time, surgery is a delicate procedure, and doesn’t always lead to an immediate fix of the problem.

Knee arthroscopy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. In it, a miniature camera is inserted through a small incision. This provides a clear view of the inside of the knee. Your orthopaedic surgeon inserts miniature surgical instruments through other small incisions to trim or repair the tear. full informational article from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

2. Just take a few moments to peruse about the career stats of Russell Westbrook so far. Say what you will about the guy, but he’s an absolute terror of a player for opposing teams.

full stats from Basketball Reference

3. Russell is coming off of one of the best Decembers we have ever seen (well, best if it weren’t for his teammate Kevin Durant, who has had a superhuman stretch of games). If it weren’t for swelling (which definitely needs a procedure, there could be undetected knee damage) we could’ve seen Russell do some incredible things. Hopefully this procedure will help him come back just as strong, if not stronger, than he did right after coming back this year.

His averages: 21.9 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds. His team’s record: 9-1.

“It all starts with our point guard,” Durant recently said of the Thunder’s hot streak. full story from Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman

4. You might as well pull up YouTube and start watching this. It’s the best.

full video from NBA Clutch Time via YouTube

5. In Oklahoma City we have come to know Russell Westbrook as an offensive power house. Did you know he was actually known for his defense while at the University of California Los Angeles? He was the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year in the Pac-10.

In a vote of the 10 Conference coaches, UCLA freshman center Kevin Love has been named the 2007-08 Pacific-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, UCLA sophomore guard Russell Westbrook has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Trent Johnson of Stanford is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. full story from Pac-10 Press Release via the University of Washington

Russell Westbrook will be back soon enough. For now, it’s all about team basketball. Thunder Up!

-SBT

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