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Westbrook has procedure on knee; status for opener in doubt

September 12, 2018
Russell Westbrook

This April 27, 2018 photo shows Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook shooting before the start of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Westbrook underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 putting his availability for the season opener against the Golden State Warriors in doubt. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Wednesday, putting his availability for the season opener against the Golden State Warriors in doubt.

The team says Westbrook decided after suffering from inflammation in the knee this past weekend that he’d have the procedure. He’ll be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks, close to the season opener at Golden State on Oct. 16.

Westbrook was the league MVP in 2016-17 and averaged a triple-double last season for a second straight season. He averaged 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds last season.

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