As the story plays out, the injuries of this NBA season just seemingly won’t stop and the latest on the list is Russell Westbrook. Following 3 consecutive triple-doubles, OKC’s star point guard has undergone facial surgery after fracturing the zygomatic arch bone in his right cheek.
Westbrook suffered the injury with under 3 seconds left in Friday’s loss to the Portland Trailblazers. After being unintentionally kneed in the face by his teammate Andre Roberson, Westbrook was left with a dent in his upper jaw bone that anyone could see.
Though Westbrook is set to miss Sunday’s game, fortunately he won’t be out for long. In fact according to sources, if he were to have a playoff game on Sunday he could play in it.
Westbrook has been putting up quite the performance as of late as he attempts to keep his team within playoff eligibility. Friday’s game marked Westbrook as the first player since LeBron James in 2009, to record 3 straight triple-doubles. And in the month of February, he’s averaged a triple-double with 31points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists; making him the first to put up numbers of that caliber(30-9-10) in a months’ time since the 1960’s by Oscar Robertson.
The Thunder, who currently hold the 8th spot in the Western conference, are without Kevin Durant who had surgery on his foot on Monday. Durant will be reevaluated in the coming days and should be returning before the playoffs begin.