Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook out for a month after knee surgery

2018-09-13 03:28:16 GMT2018-09-13 11:28:16(Beijing Time) Sina English

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Wednesday, putting his availability for the season opener against the Golden State Warriors in doubt.

"The Thunder, Westbrook and his representation determined after he experienced inflammation in his knee this past weekend that the best course of action was the proactive procedure," a statement from the Thunder said.

Westbrook will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks, close to the season opener at Golden State on October 16.

Westbrook suffered a right knee injury in the 2013 playoffs and underwent three operations on the knee that year. He has missed only 20 games over the past four regular seasons.

The Thunder are expected to turn to German guard Dennis Schroder to replace Westbrook in training camp, which begins September 24, and the pre-season schedule. Schroder was traded from Atlanta to Oklahoma City in July.

Westbrook was the league MVP in 2016-17 and averaged a triple-double last season for a second straight season. He averaged 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds last season.

Source: CGTN

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