Hobbled Westbrook Still Tries To Help Team From OKC

May 9, 2013

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook during a game against the Washington Wizards - March 14, 2011
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Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook says he expects to be on crutches for at least four weeks after knee surgery that forced him to sit for the remainder of the NBA Playoffs.

“For now, I can’t travel,” Westbrook says. “When I get off crutches, we’ll sit down and see what the timetable is for me.”

Westbrook told reporters Thursday morning he’s still trying to find ways to help his team by offering input during halftime, practices, and in the film room.

“The group of guys we have, I think we have enough to get a ring,” Westbrook says.

“We’ve been together long enough to figure things out when guys go down.”

Westbrook was hurt during Game 2 of the Thunder’s first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets after point guard Patrick Beverley collided with Westbrook’s knee trying to make a play on a loose ball.

The Thunder’s Western Conference semifinals series against the Memphis Grizzlies is tied at 1-1. The team will try to pull ahead in Game 3 on Saturday night. The Thunder has gone 3-3 without Westbrook in the lineup.