Thunder’s Russell Westbrook will be out until after All-Star break
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery and will be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday and will be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
Westbrook will miss at least 27 games.
“He will be missed,” coach Scott Brooks said before Oklahoma City’s 89-85 road victory over Charlotte. “Obviously we are a very good team with him, and without him we’re still going to be a very good team.”
General manager Sam Presti said in a news release Westbrook has been playing pain-free, but “recently had experienced increased swelling” in his right knee.
“After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs,” Presti said in the release. “On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place.”
Reggie Jackson, who is averaging 12.5 points, started in Westbrook’s place and was 4 of 19 from the field against the Bobcats.
Westbrook’s knee problems began in April when he tore his meniscus in the second game of the Western Conference playoffs, sidelining him for the remainder of the postseason and all but ending Oklahoma City’s chances of reaching the NBA Finals.
He had a second arthroscopic surgery as the Thunder was preparing for training camp after developing inflammation in the knee.
The five-year NBA player is averaging 21.3 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Thunder (24-5).
Oklahoma City has won 11 of its last 12 games.
Horford has a torn pectoral muscle
ATLANTA – Al Horford, the Atlanta Hawks’ leading scorer and rebounder, is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle, leaving his status for the remainder of the season in question.
Center-forward Horford left during the first overtime of Thursday night’s 127-125 double-overtime victory at Cleveland and did not return. The Hawks said an MRI and examination on Friday in Atlanta revealed the complete tear of the muscle.
“We will work with Al and complete our due diligence to determine the next best steps for him,” Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said.
For the Hawks (16-13), the loss of Horford for the season or even for an extended period could be devastating. He leads the team with 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Kings beat Heat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – DeMarcus Cousins collected 27 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 26 and the Sacramento Kings rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat the undermanned Miami Heat 108-103 in overtime.
Isaiah Thomas, a former Washington Huskies standout, added 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to help the Kings snap Miami’s six-game winning streak.
LeBron James finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the two-time defending NBA champions.
Miami played without Dwyane Wade (rest), Ray Allen (right-knee tendinitis) and Chris Andersen (sore back). Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he wasn’t sure if those three players would play at Portland on Saturday night.
• In the only game Friday featuring two teams with winning records, guard Stephen Curry had career highs of 16 assists and 13 rebounds to go with 14 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the visiting Phoenix Suns 115-86.
Former Washington State standout Klay Thompson scored 21 points for the Warriors, who have won four in a row.
• Derrick Favors’ putback dunk with 2.1 seconds left gave host Utah a 105-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
• The league fined Memphis forward Zach Randolph $25,000 for criticizing officials after a 100-92 loss Thursday in Houston.