Westbrook will be re-evaluated in the coming week…
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook underwent facial surgery on Saturday to address a fracture in his arch bone of his right cheek.
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Westbrook suffered the injury in the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday when teammate Andre Roberson accidentally kneed him in the side of the face, leaving a visible dent.
While the Thunder point guard left the game without speaking to reporters in order to get further tests done, further evaluation revealed a zygomatic arch bone fracture, the bone which separates the eye socket from the sinuses.
Due to the injury, Westbrook has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with the Los Angeles Lakers and will be re-evaluated this week to determine when he can return to play.
The injury comes at a bad time for the 26-year-old who put up his third consecutive triple-double on Friday, after he averaged an historic February with 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists.
However, things could get tricky for the Thunder in the coming weeks with both Westbrook and Kevin Durant sidelined with injury as they are still trying to claim a playoff spot in the highly competitive Western Conference.
Durant is set to be re-evaluated this week after undergoing a minor procedure on his surgically repaired foot, but Westbrook has in fact averaged a triple double in the seven games without his partner in crime.
While coach Scott Brooks will undoubtedly want his entire team healthy with Durant and Westbrook leading the charge, it remains to be seen whether or not the point guard’s numbers drop significantly when the reigning MVP returns to play alongside him.