The Spurs once benefited from a hip on their way to a championship. Maybe they do again.
Friday's news that Thunder mega-guard Russell Westbrook is headed for the operating table tips the balance of power in the West playoffs south towards the Alamo. Oklahoma City isn't dead, but their title hopes might be.
Westbrook will undergo surgery in the coming days to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. The injury occurred in the second quarter of Game 2 against Houston when Patrick Beverley's hip collided with Westbrook's knee.
It wasn't as blatant or dirty as Robert Horry's infamous hip-check of Steve Nash into the scorer's table in 2007, but the impact of Beverley's hip could result in a fifth banner inside AT&T Center.
The Thunder didn't set a timetable for Westbrook's return.
"Our players' health is our first and foremost concern. The Thunder's medical team and several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a procedure to address the issue,...