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Report reveals potential timeline for Russell Westbrook injury return

Russell Westbrook playing for the Clippers

Mar 3, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during halftime against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers will be without Russell Westbrook for a while, but there is some reason for optimism with his reported recovery timeline.

Westbrook underwent surgery on his fractured left hand Monday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Clippers are hopeful that Westbrook will be able to return before the start of the playoffs in April.

That is relatively good news for the Clippers, who had to fear worse news when the veteran guard suffered the injury in Saturday’s game. The update suggests that Westbrook could still miss upwards of a month, but that the team is optimistic about a relatively straightforward recovery.

Westbrook has adapted nicely to a bench role this season for the Clippers. He is averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 22.6 minutes per game this season.

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