Russell Westbrook undergoes procedure to address cheek fracture, will be re-evaluated next week


In the final seconds of the Thunder’s 115-112 loss to the Trail Blazers on Friday night, Russell Westbrook missed a free throw, ran in for a rebound and collided with teammate Andre Roberson’s knee. He stayed in the game but there was a visible dent in the side of his head. And it’s going to cost him games.

The timing of this is awful for the Thunder, who are still without Kevin Durant and just lost back-to-back games to the Suns and Blazers on the road. They hold a one-game lead over the Suns and Pelicans for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Now, they have to get through a few more days without either of their superstars.

The good news is that Westbrook’s injury doesn’t look to be long-term.