Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had to be helped to the locker room Monday after suffering an ankle injury against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Westbrook rolled his left ankle when he landed on Pelicans center Anthony Davis’ foot after a basket.
Early diagnosis is an ankle sprain
Westbrook screamed out and rolled around on the floor in visible pain. He needed help from two men to get to the locker room.
Head coach Billy Donovan didn’t have an update on the severity of the sprain or the timeline for Westbrook’s return.
Locker room feels for Westbrook
While the news from the X-ray room was positive, an ankle sprain can lead to a lengthy layoff. The Thunder have now won five in a row, including Monday’s 122-116 win over the Pelicans despite losing Westbrook. That momentum will likely be stifled if Westbrook misses significant time.
It made for a muted Thunder locker coming off a win.
Steven Adams on Russell Westbrook’s injury (some bad words ahead): “It’s s—-. Just real s—-. Feels bad. Sums it up. Feels real bad.” pic.twitter.com/IDkTQWDCrA
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 6, 2018
“Regardless of the stride, it’s just s— that you lose a player,” center Steven Adams said. “It has nothing to do with winning or losing. You lose your boy. That’s what’s the hardest.”
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