NBA Notebook: Surgery to sideline Westbrook

2013-04-27T00:00:00Z NBA Notebook: Surgery to sideline WestbrookThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY - All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA title chances.

General manager Sam Presti said Friday that the Thunder had not yet scheduled Westbrook's surgery and would not have an accurate timeline for his return until after the procedure was done. No one would rule out Westbrook's possible return if Oklahoma City keeps advancing in the playoffs, and All-Star teammate Kevin Durant only said his teammates "hope" Westbrook can play again this postseason.

"We're not trying to rush him or bring him back ahead of schedule. We want to make sure he's healthy and his knee is right," Durant said. "That's our only concern with it right now. ... We have to come together as a team and worry about the basketball. All he has to worry about is him getting healthy."

The three-time All-Star was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder's playoff series against Houston on Wednesday night. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook's knee.

Beverley called Westbrook's injury "unfortunate" and said Oklahoma City is still dangerous without him.

Backup Reggie Jackson figures to move into Westbrook's starting spot as the only other player with any significant time playing point guard.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Houston. Westbrook averaged 24 points and seven assists in the first two games, both won by top-seeded Oklahoma City.

Rim shots

• Miami is keeping a close eye on Dwyane Wade and his aching knee. Wade planned to spend "a couple of hours" getting treatment on his right knee Friday. He is still recovering from the three bone bruises that forced him to miss six games near the end of the season, and coach Erik Spoelstra wants to see how the guard feels after treatment before determining his status for Sunday's Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

• Coming off their first season in Brooklyn in which the franchise ended a six-year playoff drought, the Nets have signed general manager Billy King to a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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