The Oklahoma City Thunder have played it safe since point guard Russell Westbrook returned to their lineup. As a concession to the fact that he returned from a knee injury, they have monitored his minutes and kept out of the lineup for some back-to-back games.
Even with those precautions, the team cannot prevent basketball from happening. On Friday night during the team’s contest with the Toronto Raptors, a knee-to-knee play happened and Westbrook was forced to leave the game.
From Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman:
Russell Westbrook to the locker room favoring that right knee. Once again, here’s the play: http://t.co/LgLcfW9gUm
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 22, 2014
Darnell Maybury reports that the team listed the injury as a sprained right knee:
Russell Westbrook is being listed on the injury report with a right knee sprain. He will not return.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 22, 2014
In addition to what Slater provided in his tweet, here is video of the injury from Daily Thunder.
Based on Westbrook’s reaction and his recent history with that knee, things do not look good initially. The Thunder will hope to be pleasantly surprised when they find out more about their star point guard’s status.