Russell Westbrook's Olympic Final Status Reportedly Uncertain After Ankle Sprain

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Russell Westbrook #7 of United States during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game against Australia on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting via his Twitter account that Team USA star Russell Westbrook's status for the gold-medal game against Spain is "uncertain":

Team USA's Russell Westbrook suffered a mild ankle sprain, and his availability for the gold medal game on Sunday is uncertain.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 10, 2012

Westbrook appeared to roll his ankle during the United States' 109-83 victory over Argentina in the Olympics semifinals, reportedly resulting in a high ankle sprain, as Wojnarowski tweeted.

 

UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 11 at 10:40 a.m. by Mike Chiari

There was certainly some concern amongst Team USA fans when Westbrook left Friday's game against Argentina late with an apparent ankle injury, but it appears as though Westbrook averted disaster and will be fine.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Westbrook's ankle sprain was a minor one and a source says the he is "fine" and will play against Spain in Sunday's gold-medal contest.

The United States has such a stacked roster that it could have still went on and won without Westbrook, but the Oklahoma City Thunder star is an important piece to the puzzle. His athleticism and strong perimeter defense has created a lot of fast-break opportunities to Team USA, and they will have his abilities at their disposal on the final day of the London Olympics.

--END OF UPDATE--

 

NBC Sports did get a live television interview with Kevin Durant after the contest concluded, but Durant did not have any updates to report about his teammate at the time.

Westbrook did not see much playing time against Manu Ginobili and Co., playing just over nine minutes in the game. He did make the most of those minutes, however, posting seven points while on the floor.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star posted a similar stat line against Australia in his team's quarterfinal game, where he recorded six points in 11.5 minutes of playing time. Westbrook's best Olympic game so far in London came against Nigeria, where he recorded more points than he did playing time. He ended the contest with 21 points over 14 minutes.

More on the Team USA player's status should become available as the gold-medal game gets closer, but for now, his status is still up in the air.