Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook experiencing swelling in knee

Apr 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) puts up a defensive front against the Sacramento Kings during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went down in last season’s playoffs after suffering a meniscus tear following an unfortunate collision. Now that the season is getting closer, it seems that Westbrook is not quite ready to go just yet, as he is still experiencing swelling.

Now, the question is, could this prevent Westbrook from playing in the season opener? Probably not. Westbrook has had a lot of time to recover, and as Scott Brooks mentioned, it’s not uncommon to experience swelling. Westbrook has always been a high-flyer and used every bit of his supreme athleticism, so it is only natural that it will take his body a littler longer to get used to being back on a basketball floor.

Still, Russell’s injury is a bit worrying and only time will tell just how much of a hit his athleticism has taken as a result of the knee injury. Up until the time he got hurt, Westbrook was practically invincible and had never missed a game. It is worth noting that the team has not yet cleared him for NBA action, so his status for the opener is still up in the air.

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