During Oklahoma City’s Game 2 playoff win over the Houston Rockets, superstar point guard Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury.
Unfortunately for both Westbrook and the Thunder as a whole, that injury has subsequently been diagnosed as a torn meniscus. He will be undergoing surgery and there is no timetable set for his return.
“Our players’ health is our first and foremost concern. The Thunder’s medical team and several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a procedure to address the issue,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti in a release, via CBS Sports. “We have thoroughly discussed this with Russell. Despite being the competitor and teammate that he is, he respects and understands the decision and is committed to come back even stronger. Certainly Russell is a leader and core player for this team, but we are in the midst of the playoffs and I know other players are determined to step up and contribute. We have a resilient group of players who have always taken pride in playing as a team and that approach will continue.”
Here is footage of when, exactly, Westbrook went down with the injury.