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Thunder G Westbrook out through mid-February

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday and will be out through the All-Star break, the team announced.

The All-Star Game is scheduled to be played Feb. 16 in New Orleans, which means Westbrook is expected to be sidelined nearly two months.

"Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. "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.

"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. We know that Russell's work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate."

Westbrook suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of the NBA playoffs last April. He had surgery on April 27, and had another operation on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch from the first procedure.

He returned to action ahead of schedule and ended up missing just two regular-season games.

Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game in 32.9 minutes. He has helped the Thunder to a 23-5 record.

He has been named to the All-Star team each of the past three seasons.
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