Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday (Dec. 27), and will be out through the All-Star break.
In a statement, the team said the All-Star was playing without pain, but swelling was an issue ... and needed to be addressed via surgery.
"Russell has been playing pain free but recently had experienced increased swelling," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. "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.
"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."
After suffering a tear in his right knee during the second game of the NBA playoffs in April, Westbrook returned in early November, missing just two games of the season.
OKC currently has a 23-5 record and is in second place in the Western Conference. Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game in 32.9 minutes... and will definitely be missed over the next couple months.