Los Angeles Clippers star Russell Westbrook underwent surgery to repair his fractured left hand on Monday, which will sideline him for some time. Fortunately, it doesn't look like the star guard is out for the season.

According to the latest reports, there is optimism that Westbrook makes it back in time for the postseason. Westbrook sustained the hand injury last Friday against the Washington Wizards and was forced out of the contest. His health status has been a major question ever since then.

“Clippers guard Russell Westbrook underwent surgery on his fractured left hand on Monday and the hope is that he will return before the start of the playoffs,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN wrote.

This is definitely a huge blow to a Clippers team hoping to further climb the conference standings. Considering how tough the West is, losing a hustle player and energizer like Westbrook–who is averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season–is going to hurt.

The good news is there is a path to recovery and a timeline for Russell Westbrook. It remains to be seen if he can return towards the end of the season and play some regular season contests, so he can shrug off the rust and get back to game shape before the playoffs. That's definitely the most ideal scenario; however, fans shouldn't expect the Clippers to rush the star guard, especially if he needs more time to heal his injured hand.

For now, the Clippers faithful can only be patient when it comes to Westbrook's recovery.