Russell Westbrook Injury: Updates on Thunder Star's Knee and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2014

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Updates from Friday, April 18

Anthony Slaten of The Oklahoman has the latest on Westbrook:

Updates from Tuesday, April 8

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports on Russell Westbrook's status for tonight's game against the Kings:

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman explains his minute restriction:

Updates from Tuesday, March 25

As expected, Russell Westbrook is active tonight against the Dallas Mavericks according to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com:

ESPN's Marc Stein captured a brief quote from Westbrook:

Updates from Monday, March 24

Royce Young of CBS Sports provides the latest update on Russell Westbrook heading into tonight's game against the Denver Nuggets:

Updates from Saturday, March 22

Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman provides an update on Russell Westbrook's injury:

Original Text:

If Russell Westbrook didn't have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Yet again, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was the victim of a freak accident, this time against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

Westbrook banged knees with Kyle Lowry after the Raptors guard went to close out on the perimeter. Daily Thunder posted video of the play:

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reported on Westbrook's post game status:

He had to be helped off the floor, per Mayberry:

Raptors sideline reporter Eric Smith reported that Westbrook was forced back to the locker room:

Royce Young of CBS Sports reported the injury would sidline Westbrook for the night:

Thunder fans will likely jump to the worst conclusion with this news considering the incident that knocked Westbrook out of the playoffs last year was similarly innocuous.

Westbrook angrily slams his hand on the scorer's table after getting injured against the Rockets.
Westbrook angrily slams his hand on the scorer's table after getting injured against the Rockets.Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

There's no doubting how important the All-Star guard is for Oklahoma City. The Thunder are still a top-tier team without him, but their chances of winning an NBA title all but go up in smoke if he misses the postseason.

Both team and fanbase will undoubtedly be on pins and needles until Westbrook's injury prognosis is revealed.