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April 27, 2013

Thunder's Westbrook out, needs knee surgery

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“Once we were able to gather all of the necessary information and everything was accumulated, it was an easy decision for our medical team.”

Game 3 is Saturday night in Houston. Westbrook averaged 24 points and seven assists in the first two games, both won by top-seeded Oklahoma City.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin recalled how he was able to return six days after surgery on his meniscus in college at Oklahoma, but his didn’t have to be repaired. The Thunder said Westbrook’s would be repaired.

“They’re still a great team even without him but he’s a huge part of their offense,” Griffin said. “A great player, so it does leave them a little vulnerable.”

One of the most polarizing figures in the league, Westbrook has displayed a quick temper to go along with his lightning-fast drives to the basket and increasingly accurate pull-up jumpers. He’s also known for his outlandish fashion sense, often wearing glasses without the lenses and unusual shirts.

Durant said the Thunder appreciate him more for his dedication for the team and because he “gives his all every second he’s on the floor.”

“A lot of people may not like what he brings to our team. But inside, we love what he does,” Durant said. “He’s a different player, a different person, but we love what he brings. It’s unfortunate that he can’t compete at the highest level of basketball, which is the playoffs.”

Westbrook smashed his right hand down on the scorer’s table after Beverley crashed into him, but he remained in the game Wednesday night although he was clearly hobbling. Presti said Westbrook was allowed to keep playing because he felt comfortable and the team considered the injury action “consistent with a bone bruise.”

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