Injured Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook talks injury, teammates

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who suffered a season-ending injury during the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, called a press conference Thursday to address his injury and post-surgery progress.

It was game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets when Patrick Beverley clipped Westbrook's knee while he was trying to steal the ball.  Westbrook finished the game but was later diagnosed with a torn meniscus. 

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He underwent surgery days later.

Commenting on his recovery, Westbrook said, "For the first four to five weeks I'm on crutches. Then we'll see."

Though he can't travel with the team while he recuperates, Westbrook has attended several home games since he suffered the injury .

Team officials live-tweeted the press conference, saying Westbrook told the media that despite the injury he still watches the games and offers coaches and teammates input.

"I still have a voice," he said.

Westbrook offered support for his teammates, saying replacement Reggie Jackson has "done a great job of controlling the game," and his teammates are a "tough group of guys who find a way to win."

As for the fans, Westbrook says he's received overwhelming support since his injury.

"We have the best fan support in all of sports," he said.

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