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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will not return in the current NBA post-season, the team said Saturday.
The Thunder initially had said Westbrook would be out "indefinitely" after he was hurt in game two of Oklahoma City's Western Conference first-round series against the Houston Rockets -- not completey ruling out a return late in the playoffs.
His loss is a blow for the Thunder's title aspirations, but general manager Sam Presti said having the surgery now was the best move for Westbrook's long-term fitness.
"Although we are of course disappointed that Russell will be unable to return to the floor with his teammates this season, the opportunity to repair the meniscus as opposed to remove it was the best possible scenario for Russell's long term health as a player and person," Presti said.
"Russell's health and well being are obviously our number-one priority through this process and today's procedure helped solidify our belief that Russell will have many productive years of basketball in his future."
The three-time All-Star notched 24 points, seven assists and 6.5 rebounds in the Thunder's first two playoff games.
The Thunder held a 2-0 lead over Houston going into Saturday's third game in the best-of-seven series -- the first game ever missed by Westbrook in his NBA career.
The Thunder said Westbrook would begin rehabilitation right away, and a timetable for his return would be determined after the season.