Thunder guard Russell Westbrook injured in U.S. Olympic win

by Darnell Mayberry Published: August 10, 2012
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photo - United States' Russell Westbrook hobbles off the court as he leaves the game against Argentina during a men's semifinals basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ORG XMIT: OBKO149
United States' Russell Westbrook hobbles off the court as he leaves the game against Argentina during a men's semifinals basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ORG XMIT: OBKO149

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook left Team USA's semifinal game against Argentina in Olympic play on Friday, coming out of the game late in the fourth quarter due to injury.

USA Basketball officials listed Westbrook's injury as a mild ankle sprain and said his status for Sunday's gold medal game against Spain is uncertain.

Westbrook sustained the injury while chasing Argentina forward Marcos Mata on a screen. As Mata curled toward the basket at the free-throw line, the trailing Westbrook stepped on the back of Mata's foot and rolled his right ankle.

Westbrook had just re-entered the game prior to a free throw by Tyson Chandler to complete a three-point play attempt. The U.S. team was ahead 98-72 with 3:54 when Westbrook returned.

Ten seconds later, Westbrook collided with Mata and immediately crashed to the court. As play continued, Westbrook picked himself up and limped straight toward the Team USA bench. Game officials then stopped play upon seeing Westbrook's injury, and a hobbled Westbrook jogged past the bench and directly to the locker room with the team's medical staff trailing behind and 3:38 remaining in the game.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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