Can Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook remain a force after undergoing a second knee surgery?

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To celebrate like this, Russell Westbrook will need a healthy knee.

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to alleviate swelling in his right knee and won’t return until roughly mid-December.

Suffering a slight tear in his right meniscus, the 24-year-old Westbrook first underwent the knife on April 27 to repair the damaged joint.

After losing the dynamic three-time All-NBA Second Team selection, the powerful Thunder (60-22) fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in five games in the conference semifinals.

Averaging 19.9 points, 6.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds since being taken fourth overall out of UCLA in 2008, Westbrook is a spectacular athlete, defender and playmaker.

Oklahoma City has won the Northwest Division title on three consecutive occasions and seemed poised to soon capture the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

However, it is extremely concerning that such a standout sportsman has now visited an operating room twice within a span of five months.

Westbrook’s style is predicated off explosiveness and slashing movements to the basket and this injury could slow the former Bruin.

Alongside Kevin Durant, rugged center Serge Ibaka and an overall solid supporting cast, a sturdy Westbrook is vital to Oklahoma City’s success.

Backed by the rowdiest home crowd in the association, a complete Thunder squad can dominate like the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

If Westbrook can entirely heal, Oklahoma City should again represent the Western Conference in the finals next June.

On the contrary, if Westbrook remains gimpy, the Thunder are simply middling contenders.

Russell Westbrook’s right knee will ultimately determine if Thunder fans in “The 405” have a glorious, or unfulfilling, springtime.

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