Mar 21, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Serge Ibaka (9) tend to guard Russell Westbrook (0) who reacts after sustaining an injury against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook injury: Oklahoma City Thunder star’s knee is ‘fine’


The Oklahoma City Thunder and star point guard Russell Westbrook received a big scare on Friday night.

During the Thunder’s 119-108 victory over the Toronto Raptors, Westbrook injured his knee.

Injuries kept Westbrook out of the postseason for the Thunder last year and have forced him to miss 32 of the Thunder’s 69 games this season.

After the injury originally looked to be serious, Westbrook left the arena under his own power.

On Saturday, Westbrook had an MRI and according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman, his knee is “fine.”

And on Saturday, after an MRI and clinical exam with team doctors, that fortunate diagnosis was confirmed. No areas of concerned surfaced as a result of Westbrook’s knee-to-knee contact with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.

The team is calling it a knee sprain. He isn’t expected to miss any additional time.

The Thunder have already planned to rest Westbrook during some back-to-backs and it looks like that plan has not changed.

Westbrook is averaging 21.2 points, 7.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game this season.

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