Thunder’s Enes Kanter out of lineup Friday vs. Hawks with sprained ankle

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The injury gods continue to show Oklahoma City no mercy.

No Kevin Durant, maybe not for the entire season. No Serge Ibaka, likely until around the start of the playoffs. And now, no Enes Kanter.

The Turkish big man has averaged 16.5 points and 10.4 rebounds a game for OKC since he was acquired from the Jazz at the trade deadline, but a sprained ankle suffered Wednesday night will sideline him in a showdown with the Hawks Friday, reports Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman, getting the word from Thunder GM Sam Presti.

This could be another good night to have Russell Westbrook on your fantasy team.

The Thunder are one game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans and 2.5 up on the Phoenix Suns for the final playoff spot in the West. The rash of injuries to the Thunder would seem to give the Pelicans a chance to move up the standings, but New Orleans was without Anthony Davis Thursday night and he likely is out Friday as well. The Pelicans are just not near the same team without him.

All of which means with 14 games left the Russell Westbrook show might be enough to get the Thunder the eight seed.