Russell Westbrook, Paul George Undergo Offseason Surgeries After Playing Hurt in Playoffs

Russell Westbrook celebrates with Paul George

Russell Westbrook celebrates with Paul George , The Canadian Press

Oklahoma City Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George have both undergone successful surgeries to fix injuries ahead of next season, the club announced on Tuesday.

George will miss at least the start of the preseason training camp, and one can assume he will not be doing much of any offseason work.

Westbrook underwent a right knee arthroscopy and surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left ring finger. He is expected to be fully healthy for training camp.

Despite the injury, George finished the season among a handful of players in the MVP conversation. 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.

Russell Westbrook underwent successful surgery to fix a ligament on the fourth metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) of his left hand. He also had his surgically-repaired right knee scoped, but is expected to resume off-season activities this summer.

After the injury, the Thunder went 11-12 with George playing far more inconsistently, averaging 26.1 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3 on 10.4 attempts.

Westbrook continued to make National Basketball Association history this season, averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive year (22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 10.7 assists), making him the first player in National Basketball Association history to accomplish the feat. The falloff happened fast, and George nor the OKC Thunder were the same again this season.

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