OKC already without Durant for six weeks with foot fracture…
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook sustained a fractured hand during the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
Coach Scott Brooks revealed that Westbrook suffered a small fracture of the second metacarpal in his right hand as he exited the game in the second quarter and did not return.
The 25-year-old had X-rays taken at Staples Center and is set to be re-evaluated on Friday, but while he did return to the Thunder bench in uniform during the third quarter with a bag of ice wrapped around his hand, he headed back to the locker room shortly after.
Westbrook appeared to suffer the injury as he went up for a rebound and hit Kendrick Perkins’ elbow as after the play he grimaced and looked down at his right hand as he tried to make a fist.
His problems didn’t end there either as he had to be restrained from a heckling fan yelling at him above the tunnel as he exited the court.
The Thunder star finished with two points and four assists in nine minutes with the Clippers going on to win the game, but the bigger problem for Brooks will now be the fact that he only has eight available players.
Kevin Durant, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb are amongst those currently sidelined, with Brooks insisting that he didn’t want to consider being without his two top stars for a prolonged period of time.
If Westbrook is declared out, the Thunder will look to apply for another hardship exception which will allow them to add a player to the roster if a team has at least four players out with injuries for a minimum of two weeks.
“It’s unfortunate the way it is right now, but we have to figure out how to get better from all of our experiences,” Brooks said. “Good teams and good players bounce back from adversity, and our guys understand that.”