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Thunder announce Westbrook out after successful knee surgery

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Not. Again. The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost guard Russell Westbrook to another knee surgery.

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Why not? More like oh, no!

Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced Friday that OKC guard Russell Westbrook underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

"Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling," Presti said in a press release. "After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs.

"On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further. The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate."

Westbrook is slated to return, hopefully, by All-Star break.

All Thunder fans can do at this point is hold their breathe and hope for the best.

You can listen to Presti's press conference here:

Sam Presti's press conference announcing Russell Westbrook's 3rd knee surgery