Russell Westbrook will be on crutches for the next month. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook said Thursday that he will be on crutches for the next four to five weeks as he recovers from surgery two weeks ago to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to a report on NBA.com. It was the All-Star guard's first interview since undergoing the surgery on April 27, which is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the playoffs.
The Thunder are currently tied 1-1 with the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round of the playoffs, and in Westbrook's absence, Reggie Jackson has seen increased playing time in the backcourt. The sophomore guard played 44 minutes, logging 17 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the series-clinching win against the Houston Rockets May 3.
Westbrook said during the interview that it's disappointing to have to watch rather than play, but said he is trying to help in other ways. Although he's still in the early stages of rehab, he is expected to be ready to play when next season gets underway in the fall.