LOS ANGELES — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook exited the Los Angeles Clippers’ season opener on Thursday night in the second quarter after suffering an apparent right hand injury and will not return.
The play happened at the 6:35 mark in the second quarter when Westbrook went up for a rebound and appeared to hit his hand on teammate Kendrick Perkins. He went to the locker room immediately, and looked to have an exchange of words with a fan as he left the floor.
Prior to the injury, Westbrook logged eight minutes and was 1-for-3 from the field with two points, one steal and three turnovers.
Any injury, especially a long-term ailment, would be devastating to the Thunder, who will already be without superstar Kevin Durant until at least December after he suffered a foot fracture in the preseason. The former UCLA star was poised to have a fast start before going down, and could see his chance at ascending into an elite status suffer due to this latest setback.
The Thunder have just eight players active for the game as they battle the Clippers. Sebastian Telfair is serving as the team’s primary point guard in Westbrook’s absence.
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