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*Westbrook is down!

Oh well, you might as well go ahead and save everybody (except Miami Heat fans) the aggravation of having to go through the rest of the playoffs.

And why is that you ask?  Because Oklahoma City Thunder all-star point guard Russell Westbrook will have to have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee.

That means he’ll be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the team’s championship chances. And at this point, they are/were the odds on favorites to return to the Finals to face the Heat … and lose again.

General manager Sam Presti said Friday that the Thunder had not yet scheduled Westbrook’s surgery and would not have an accurate timeline for his return until after the procedure was done. No one would rule out Westbrook’s possible return if Oklahoma City keeps advancing in the playoffs, and All-Star teammate Kevin Durant only said his teammates ”hope” Westbrook can play again this postseason.

“We’re not trying to rush him or bring him back ahead of schedule. We want to make sure he’s healthy and his knee is right,” Durant said. “That’s our only concern with it right now. … We have to come together as a team and worry about the basketball. All he has to worry about is him getting healthy.”

The three-time All-Star was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder’s playoff series against Houston on Wednesday night. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook’s knee.

Get more info on the developing story at Fox Sports.