The NBA playoffs got significantly less interesting this afternoon with news of Russell Westbrook’s knee injury. An injury that will sideline him indefinitely because of surgery. Westbrook tweaked the knee in the second quarter against the Rockets.
Thunder GM Sam Presti released this statement.
“Our team is disappointed for Russell. We know what kind of competitor he is, how much he wants to be out there, but it’s a medical decision,” Presti said in a news conference.
“Our team as a whole, we’ve got a resilient group of guys, a lot of character within that locker room and a group that enjoys playing together and has been through some adversities over the last several years that they’ve been together. We’d expect them to adjust, come together and have different guys step in and play well collectively.”
No Kobe, no Derrick Rose, no Westbrook = a cakewalk back-to-back for LeBron and the Heat. Unless of course, Pop’s Spurs can pull a rabbit out of the hat.