Midway through the second quarter of Thursday’s contest between the Thunder and the Clippers, Russell Westbrook headed to the locker room to get an injury to his right hand looked at. Turns out it was a fracture that will have him out for a while.
As he entered the tunnel, he appeared to have heard something he didn’t like from someone in the stands, and stopped dead in his tracks to turn around and confront the person uttering the presumably offensive remarks.
Security stepped in to try to restrain Westbrook, which unsurprisingly seemed to agitate him even more.
It’s unclear what exactly went down, but players have to be more mature in these situations, and should never angrily engage like this — no matter what was said.
Of far greater concern to a Thunder team already playing without Kevin Durant is the eventual status of Westbrook, who for now simply has what the team was calling a right hand injury. But after initially deeming the possibility of his return in this one as questionable, Westbrook was officially ruled out for the rest of the contest during the halftime intermission.
UPDATED (2:00 a.m. ET): Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks announced to reporters during his postgame comments that Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture to the second metacarpal bone in his right hand.
A timeline for recovery has not been established yet, but Brooks said Westbrook will be re-evaluated on Friday.