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

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

AP

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.

Thunder say Russell Westbrook had procedure to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his right cheek & will be re-evaluated next week

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 28, 2015


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.

Russell Westbrook won’t miss much time with surgery. “If he had a playoff game (Sunday), he could play,” league source tells Yahoo Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 28, 2015