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Westbrook out with knee surgery

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM





ESPN

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 championship 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 road for the Heat has gotten easier. The Thunder could have beaten them potentially a finals rematch. I'm assuming that the Heat advance to the Finals, but hell, maybe Wade goes down. That would be fair? I never wish harm to others, and I don't with Wade. Okay, maybe just him. I still dislike him for the Rondo take down.


ESPN

The Miami Heat are 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.

"Structurally, his knee is as good as it's been in years. That's why we're treating it day to day," Spoelstra said. "This was a bone bruise. What it needs is time and it gets better. But what it also needs is no collisions."

That's not possible given the way Wade plays. In fact, there was one play early in Thursday's 104-91 victory over the Bucks in which he was hit in the knee, face and elbow, Spoelstra said.

"It's getting better, but he plays a physical game," Spoelstra said. "He's fighting through it and some days are better than other. It depends on the collisions he has from the night before."


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Reply paul
12:37 AM on April 27, 2013 
I like Westbrook. Damn. Funny for Spoelstra to say that Wade plays a "physical" game. Yeah, I guess you could call it that.