Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will be out indefinitely after the team announced he will have surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. Here is a look playoff notes for Saturday's NBA action.
Westbrook to undergo surgery
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook underwent surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee Saturday and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of Game 2 as Houston guard Patrick Beverley collided with Westbrook on an attempted steal.
"Anyone who knows me knows I don't go out there and try to hurt anybody," Beverley told ESPN
. "I play at one speed and that's fast. I was just trying to make a play on the ball before they called a timeout and it's just unfortunate."
The Thunder guard has tallied 48 points and 14 assists in the first two games of the series with Houston.
Reggie Jackson could be called on to get the start in place of Westbrook.
The Thunder are 1.5-point road favorites for Game 3 Saturday. The total is 207.
Jeremy Lin hopes to play
Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin is cautiously optimistic about returning for Game 3 Saturday night. His status remains questionable as of Saturday morning.
Lin suffered a muscle contusion in his chest and did not play in the second half of Game 2. The point guard played 20 minutes in Houston's Game 2 loss. He scored seven points and dished 3 assists before leaving the game.
“Not going to make any promises or anything,” Lin told the Houston Chronicle
. “I just don’t know. Right now, it’s just day-to-day. I’m still hopeful, still optimistic. I just learned my lesson about making guarantees.”
Johnson probable for Nets
Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson is listed as probable for Game 4 Saturday.
Johnson was a game-time decision for Game 3 but logged 41 minutes of action. He scored 15 points on 6-14 shooting
Johnson has been dealing with a foot injury and got a cortisone shot for the pain in Game 3.
"I felt pretty good the whole game, other than probably about the last two to three minutes. It had kind of tightened up," Johnson told ESPN
. "But other than that, I felt all right."
The Nets are 3-point road underdogs for Saturday's game. The total is 177.5.Stephenson questionable after leaving Game 2
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson has been upgraded to probable for Game 3 versus the Atlanta Hawks.
Stephenson landed on his right hip late in the first quarter of Game 2 and did not return until late in the second half. He totaled 18 minutes and scored 4 points in the Game 2 victory.
The Pacers are 2.5-point road underdogs in Game 3. The total is 190.