With most of the sports-loving population preoccupied with the fallout from the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft last night, it’s easy to forget the NBA playoffs are still happening. They are. And bad things were happening to the Oklahoma City Thunder — point guard Russell Westbrook, specifically. Very bad things:
Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee. No timetable announced.
— Royce Young (@dailythunder) April 26, 2013
That’s probably not the news you were hoping to get slapped in this face with today if you’re a fan of the Thunder (or just someone who’s hoping for a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Thunder).
The Thunder revealed that Westbrook suffered the injury in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game, a 105-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. During that quarter, there was an incident between Westbrook and Patrick Beverley of the Rockets. The Thunder hasn’t confirmed that the incident was the cause of Westbrook’s torn meniscus, but you can probably put the pieces together yourself.
Here’s an animated GIF of what went down:
Westbrook winced in pain and clutched at his knee immediately after falling to the ground, but was able to re-enter Wednesday’s game and contribute to his team’s victory.
Now, it appears that he’ll be out of action for at least a few weeks, if not longer. Meniscus tears are on the less severe end of knee injuries (they’re certainly not nearly as bad as ACL tears — just ask Derrick Rose), but knee surgery is still a pretty major thing for an athlete to have to undergo.