Russell Westbrook to Miss Part of Training Camp After Injection for Knee Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook picks up a loose ball and heads down the court against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first few days of training camp after receiving a PRP injection on his injured knee, Thunder general manager Sam Presti told reporters


If the issue plagues Westbrook long-term, it would essentially end Oklahoma City's championship hopes after he dominated the league in 2016-17, averaging a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. He won the MVP, broke Oscar Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles in a season and can single-handedly carry the team for extended stretches.

The point guard is a six-time All-Star and one of the best players in the entire NBA. With an improved supporting cast around him, the Thunder have higher hopes for the season. 

Oklahoma City will likely turn to Semaj Christon and Raymond Felton at point guard during Westbrook's absence. It also has Paul George as another star to carry the offense when Westbrook is not on the floor.

Still, the Thunder are on the short list of Western Conference contenders largely because of Westbrook's presence and playmaking abilities. They need their superstar point guard to be healthy if they hope to challenge the best teams in the West.