Westbrook to miss opener after surgery

Sports | 14 Sep 2018

Russell Westbrook could miss the first few games of the NBA season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The All-Star guard will be re-evaluated in four weeks, and he is expected to miss all of the preseason. His Oklahoma City Thunder team begin regular-season play on October 16 against the Golden State Warriors.

Westbrook, a former league MVP, experienced stiffness and inflammation in his knee during individual workouts in the last week, the Thunder said.

Westbrook, who turns 30 in November, holds career averages of 23.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. He is a seven-time All-Star and was the 2016-17 season league MVP award.

He suffered a right knee injury in the 2013 playoffs and underwent three operations on the knee that year. He has missed only 20 games over the past four regular seasons.

Meanwhile, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki says he sees a huge upside in No 3 overall pick Luka Doncic after watching him in scrimmages this week.

Slovenia's Doncic, 19, did not suit up for summer league, but his work impressed the 40-year-old Nowitzki, who knows a bit about entering the league as a young foreign star with high expectations.

"He's been here now for a week, scrimmaged every day, works hard and I really like what I see," said Nowitzki, who was just six months older when he entered the NBA from Germany.

Breanna Stewart scored 30 points and took home the finals MVP award as the Seattle Storm claimed their third WNBA title with a 98-82 win over the Washington Mystics.

The Storm completed a three-game sweep of the Mystics in the best-of-five series with a convincing victory in front of a crowd of about 9,000 at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

The 24-year-old Stewart added the playoff MVP to her trophy case after winning the same award for the regular season.


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