TORONTO — Russell Westbrook was forced to leave Friday’s game at Toronto with an apparent knee injury following a collision with Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.
The incident occurred with 7:37 remaining in the third quarter.
Westbrook jab-stepped while standing at the 3-point line on the left wing. As he held his left foot in place as his pivot, Lowry inadvertently bumped into Westbrook’s right knee while closing out.
Westbrook’s knee bent in, and he immediately called a timeout, slamming the ball to the court upon doing so.
After briefly attempting to walk off whatever pain or discomfort he was feeling, Westbrook was helped to the locker room by Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet and trainer Joe Sharpe.
Westbrook’s right knee is the same knee that has undergone three surgeries since last spring, when he sustained a torn meniscus following a collision with Houston point guard Patrick Beverley.
The Thunder has kept Westbrook on a minute restriction and played him in only one game of back-to-back sets to limit wear and tear and avoid any additional setbacks. He received his plan rest on this current back-to-back Thursday at Cleveland before rejoining the lineup for Friday’s game against the Raptors.
UPDATE: The Thunder announced midway through the fourth quarter the Westbrook sustained a right knee sprain. He did not return to the game.