Russell Westbrook suffers sprained ankle vs. Pelicans, X-rays come back negative

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

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Westbrook screamed out and rolled around on the floor in visible pain. He needed help from two men to get to the locker room.

ESPN’s Royce Young reports that X-rays came back negative and that Westbrook suffered a left ankle sprain.

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.


“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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Russell Westbrook needed help off the court after rolling his left ankle when he landed on Anthony Davis’ foot. (Getty)
Russell Westbrook needed help off the court after rolling his left ankle when he landed on Anthony Davis’ foot. (Getty)

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