In a game versus the Toronto Raptors late Friday night, Oklahoma City Thunder star guard Russell Westbrook left the game early in the third quarter due to a knee injury.
Westbrook incurred the injury after he and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry collided knee-to-knee near the sideline with 7:37 left in the third quarter. After both players collided, Westbrook reacted in pain and immediately called timeout. He then hobbled with an apparent limp along the sideline for a few steps and was tended to briefly by the team trainer before walking off the court with help from center Hasheem Thabeet.
According to head coach Scott Brooks, Westbrook has incurred a right knee sprain. Westbrook appeared to be in good spirits late after the game, he later stated that he is not expected to miss any games.
Update 3/23/14: According the Oklahoma City Thunder, an MRI and exam of Westbrook’s right knee returned no issues related to any significant injury. Westbrook is expected to play limited minutes, he more than likely will not play in back-to-back games. The fact that Westbrook has not re-injured his knee is positive news for the Thunder, as the team is battling with the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference. The Thunder are two games behind the Spurs for the No. 1 playoffs seed in the west.