Dec 22, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) directs his team in action against the Toronto Raptors during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC's Russell Westbrook out until All-Star break after knee surgery

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without star guard Russell Westbrook for the foreseeable future as he underwent scope surgery on his knee to assist in swelling relief, this according to Darrell Mayberry:

Russell Westbrook underwent scope surgery on his knee today to address recent swelling. He’s expected back post All-Star break. More coming.

The operation comes extremely unexpected as Westbrook, who is averaging 21 points and 7.3 assists per game played as recently as Christmas Day and reports of any issues were limited.

The former UCLA star has been dealing with knee problems ever since last season, first having to unexpectedly go under the knife to remove some scar tissue from a late season surgery in 2012-13, which delayed his season debut.

It’s not expected that the scope surgery will be overly invasive, however, he’ll still need a few months of recovery time before likely returning after the 2014 NBA All-Star break.

There’s no doubt Oklahoma City is deep enough to deal with the loss during the regular season, though it’s still a relatively hefty blow to the Thunder who are in the midst of a 9-1 hot streak.

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