After an early postseason exit, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s star duo have both undergone surgery.
According to ESPN sources, Paul George had surgery to repair his right shoulder tendon and will miss the beginning of training camp. Russell Westbrook’s procedure was less serious, repairing a torn finger ligament on his left hand.
ESPN Sources w/ @RoyceYoung: OKC’s Paul George underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair right shoulder tendon and minimally will miss start of training camp. Also, Russell Westbrook had procedure to repair torn ligament in finger on his left hand. Story: https://t.co/MjOptEBobl
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 7, 2019
These surgeries come after a disappointing playoff run for the Thunder, losing to the Portland Trailblazers in five games. This marked the third year in a row that OKC as been ousted in the first round, the second since George joined the team.
In that series, George wore protective sleeves on his shoulder but still played all five games.
Against Portland, George averaged 28.6 points on 43 percent shooting while grabbing 8.6 boards per game. Westbrook averaged a triple-double, but struggled shooting the ball at 36 percent from the field and 32 percent from three.
While the Thunder will have to make changes to their roster talent wise if they want to compete for a title, getting their stars healthy is the first step.
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Stats credited to basketball-reference.com.