Apr 24, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to a play in action against the Houston Rockets in the second half during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: Can Russell Westbrook Heal As Fast As Metta World Peace?

In case you literally live under a rock, by now you have heard the devastating news out of OKC. Russell Westbrook is done for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus, or is he?

Westbrook suffered a knee injury in game 2 against the Houston Rockets after colliding with rookie Patrick Beverly. He continued to play the rest of the game, not knowing how serious the injury was.

Sam Presti, GM of the OKC Thunder, says ” 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.” Teammates have yet to react to hearing the news, but will suit up Saturday nigh to play in Houston for game 3.

The Thunder can advance past the first round without Westbrook, but will need him available to have a good chance to repeat as Western Conference champions. The timetable for his return is now the big question. Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace had surgery to repair a torn meniscus and returned to action in an unheard of 12 days. Thunder physicians feel that Westbrook can make a similar recover to help in the later rounds. The postseason does not end until June, if they can make it back to the NBA Finals.

The decision to have the surgery now was made by the staff of the Thunder, based on preventing any long-term damage to their second leading scorer. Should Russell Westbrook hurry back for this year or should he take his time?

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