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Thunder’s Westbrook Out Until All-Star Break After Knee Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to be out of action until the National Basketball Association’s February All-Star break after undergoing knee surgery to reduce swelling.

Westbrook, who is averaging 21.3 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game this season, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday, Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said in a statement posted on the team’s website.

Westbrook, 25, had surgery in April after tearing cartilage in the knee during last season’s playoffs. He had a second operation on the knee before the start of this season, and missed the first two games. He had recently experienced swelling in the knee and the team had been doing regular tests on it, Presti said.

“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,” Presti said. “The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place.”

If Westbrook, an All-Star the last three seasons, returns just after the Feb. 16 All-Star Game, he’ll have missed 27 contests.

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