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NBA roundup: Thunder's Westbrook out indefinitely

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The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday that guard Russell Westbrook is out indefinitely after tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Westbrook will have surgery to repair the injury, which he sustained during Game 2 of the Thunder's playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

It is not known how long he will be out, but Yahoo! Sports reported that a source close to Westbrook said that he might return by the NBA Finals if the team makes it that far.

Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers returned from the injury after two weeks.

Westbrook, a three time All-Star, averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, a career-high 5.2 rebounds and 1.77 steals in 82 games this season.

---Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is getting treatment for his sore right knee and his status for Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks is not known.

Heat Erik Spoelstra told reporters that Wade is still recovering from the three bone bruises that kept him out of six games near the end of the regular season.

Wade scored just four points Thursday on 1-of-12 shooting, but he also had 11 assists, nine rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

---Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is questionable for Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets. Curry sprained his left ankle during Game 2 of their series on Tuesday and did not practice Thursday.

The injury is not related to his surgically-repaired right ankle.

---Former coach Flip Saunders could replace David Kahn as the Minnesota Timberwolves' president of basketball operations, NBA.com reported.

Saunders, 58, is reportedly negotiating a contract that could run through the 2017-18 season with option years and worth more than $9 million over the full five years. The team could announce Saunders' hiring and Kahn's firing next week.

---Former NBA star Charles Barkley, now an analyst on TNT, heavily criticized the Phoenix Suns' management and said he was interested in the vacant general manager job during a radio interview this week.

Barkley, who played for the Suns in the 1990s, told Phoenix radio station KGME 910 AM that his former team is poorly run. Barkley levied criticism toward owner Robert Sarver and president Lon Babby.

---The Toronto Raptors would like to talk to Phil Jackson about a role in the team's basketball operations, ESPN.com reported.

Jackson wants to return to the NBA next season, preferably in a role similar to the one Pat Riley has with the Miami Heat.
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