For the first time in his five-year NBA career, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will miss a game.
Actually, he will miss several.
The Thunder announced Saturday that Westbrook had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and is out for the rest of the season.
"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," executive vice president/general manager Sam Presti said in a statement.
"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 24-year-old will miss his first NBA game Saturday night when the Thunder take on the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of their first round playoff series. Oklahoma City leads 2-0.
Westbrook, a three time All-Star, averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, a career-high 5.2 rebounds and 1.77 steals in the regular season.