(CBS) The Oklahoma City Thunder were already playing without reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant, now they’ve lost All-Star guard Russell Westbrook for a reported four-to-six weeks.
Per Thunder coach Scott Brooks, Westbrook broke his right hand in the second quarter of last night’s 93-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.READ MORE: Alphonso Joyner, 23, Charged With Shooting And Killing 71-Year-Old Woom Sing Tse In Broad Daylight In Chinatown
“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Brooks said. “We have to figure it out together.”READ MORE: Booster Shot Clinic Being Held At Dirksen Federal Courthouse Starting Friday
Westbrook’s injury leaves the Thunder backcourt short on healthy bodies, as Reggie Jackson (ankle), Anthony Morrow (ACL) and Jeremy Lamb (back) didn’t make the trip out west to start the season.
In total, the Thunder have only eight healthy players. If four players miss three-plus games due to injury, they would qualify for the NBA’s “hardship exemption” which would allow them to add another player to the roster.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warmup Ahead
The 0-2 Thunder host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.