Paul George, Russell Westbrook Undergo Successful Surgeries

08 Mai, 2019, 07:24 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Paul George and Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George underwent a pair of surgeries, one on each shoulder, and could be sidelined through the start of training camp next preseason, Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young of ESPN write.

Westbrook had a procedure on his finger to fix a torn ligament on his left hand while he also underwent a minor procedure on his right knee described as proactive maintenance.

George also will have surgery on a small labrum tear in his left shoulder in the coming weeks, the team said in a statement.

The surgery for Westbook is the fourth procedure on his right knee since 2013.

On April 25, George said he could leave the injury alone and it would become a recurring issue, but he wanted to address it now so he could "clean up what needs to be cleaned up, so it doesn't come back". An update on the six-time All-Star's return-to-play status will be provided prior to the start of the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season.

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George ranked second in the league with 28 points per game this season, and he led the league with 2.21 steals per game.

The star forward suffered the shoulder injury on February 26 against the Denver Nuggets, but also admitted that he had suffered a shoulder injury prior to that during the team's exit interviews.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the third straight season with 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game.

Meanwhile, Westbrook played the final six weeks of the season with the injury to the fourth metacarpal of his non-shooting hand, according to Young. Westbrook had been taping and treating the finger throughout the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs but never disclosed the injury to the public. He also had his surgically-repaired right knee scoped, but is expected to resume off-season activities this summer.

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