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NBA Injury Analysis: Hobbled New Year

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Russell Westbrook
The All-Star guard is expected to be sidelined through the All-Star break after undergoing his third arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee.

The problems began following a collision with Patrick Beverley in last year's playoffs. Westbrook suffered a torn lateral meniscus that needed surgery and cost him the remainder of the season. Doctors were able to perform a meniscus repair rather than removal, hoping it would help minimize any long-term effects. Unfortunately, the plan hit a minor snag as a suture from the repair caused swelling and a second surgery was needed. The latest surgery is the result of reoccurring swelling, though the Thunder has yet to specify the root of the problem. The possible options are numerous and include a Baker's Cyst or, worse, a cartilage defect.

A Baker's cyst develops when synovial fluid, the lubricating fluid of the joints, builds ups within the knee. These types of injuries can be present without

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