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The two stars of the Oklahoma City Thunder have both gone under the knife recently, the team announced Tuesday.
Forward Paul George underwent surgery on his right rotator cuff to repair a partially torn tendon and is expected to miss at least the beginning of preseason training camp.
George will also soon have an operation to fix a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder.
Point guard Russell Westbrook had a surgical procedure to repair a torn ligament in a finger on his left hand. Westbrook played the final six weeks of the season with the injury to the fourth metacarpal on his left (non-shooting) hand.
Westbrook also had a minor procedure on his surgically repaired right knee Tuesday. He is expected to make a full recovery and allow him to prepare for next season this summer.
George suffered the injury to his right shoulder in a game against the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 26. He sat out three games, then returned after a week and hurt his left shoulder, though he did not sit out any games.
Before George was injured, he was averaging 28.7 points, while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and 40.3 percent from deep as OKC staff 38-21.
After the injury, George averaged 26.1 points, but shot just 39.7 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from long distance. The Thunder went 11-12 after George was hurt.
George strained his right shoulder just before the playoffs began, being fouled while going up for a dunk attempt in the Thunder’s penultimate game of the regular season against the Houston Rockets, though he eventually hit the game-winning 3-pointer. He sat out the regular-season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Westbrook’s knee issues date back to 2013, when Patrick Beverley collided with him during a first-round playoff series, Westbrook sustaining a torn meniscus that required surgery to repair.
He underwent a second arthroscopic surgery on the knee in September, which caused him to miss all of OKC’s training camp and the initial two games of the season.