The Oklahoma City Thunder could be without reserve center Enes Kanter after he fractured his arm by punching a chair.
During a timeout in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 109-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks, Kanter punched a chair in frustration.
However, the chair seemed to move as he was punching it, and it seemed he hurt his arm on contact.
Afterward, Kanter was examining his arm, seemingly knowing he had just done something wrong.
Kanter immediately went back to the locker room and X-rays confirmed the fracture. ESPN’s Royce Young reports that the Thunder will re-evaluate his status on Friday.
After the game, Russell Westbrook said, “It’s tough, man, especially to do it the way he did it, it’s very unfortunate. … Things happen. If he could take it back, he definitely would. But I think now we have to look forward and try to figure out what the positive things are and get him back as soon as possible.”
It’s a tough loss for an already-thin Thunder team. Kanter has averaged 14 points on 56% shooting and six rebounds per game off the bench for the Thunder. On a team that ranks 16th in offence, Kanter’s production off the bench will be missed.
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