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.
“Hopefully he's fine,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said in a sideline interview after the game. “Russell bounces back quick from injury, so hopefully this one isn't any different. … He ran off. It didn't seem like it was too bad. Hopefully he's all right.”
Westbrook has never missed an NBA game since being drafted fourth overall in 2008. His 312 consecutive games played in the regular season lead all active NBA players.
Westbrook is averaging 9.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in seven games during the London Olympics. Westbrook, Durant and Thunder guard James Harden are among six first-time Olympians on this year's roster for Team USA.
The U.S. went on to defeat Argentina 109-83 on Friday and will face Spain, featuring Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, at 9 a.m. Central Time on Sunday.