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Friday, October 31, 2014

Thunder Injury Update: Russell Westbrook breaks hand


By on 10/31/2014 07:27:00 AM

According to NBA.com, the Oklahoma City Thunder have lost their second superstar to injury for the foreseeable future. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook broke his hand in a loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night after a collision with teammate Kendrick Perkins. Westbrook's hand hit the elbow of Perkins, who will be reevaluated Friday—but things are not looking good for OKC.
This could not be worst timing for the Thunder, as their No. 1 option Kevin Durant is also out for an extended period of time with a leg injury. There is no current timetable for Westbrook to come back for Oklahoma City; he had a soft cast on his hand when he left Staples Center and didn't talk with reporters, according to ESPN.

Head coach Scott Brooks is certainly caught between a rock and a hard place as he has now lost a combined 53.8 points per game from his two stars—32.0 points and 21.8 points from Durant and Westbrook, respectively.

Brooks spoke about the injury following the loss on Thursday:
It's unfortunate the way it is right now, but we have to figure out how to get better from all of our experiences. Good teams and good players bounce back from adversity, and our guys understand that. 
Is it safe to say the Thunder can kiss the No. 1 seed goodbye in this tumultuous Western Conference? The third of OKC's big three in Serge Ibaka must now step up and become the leader of this team, especially offensively, while Perry Jones and Andre Roberson will be depended on to make up for the loss of Durant's and Westbrook's scoring.

Westbrook averaged 21.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds through 46 games last year for the Thunder.

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