Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has undergone a successful procedure to address a fracture in the zygomatic arch bone of his right cheek on Saturday (Feb. 28), after taking a knee to the face the day before.
The NBA suffered the injury with 2.5 seconds left in his team’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday (Feb. 27) when teammate Andre Roberson inadvertently kneed him in the face, leaving a visible dent in the side of his face.
Following his procedure, Westbrook has been ruled for Sunday’s game (March 1) against the Los Angeles Lakers, and will be re-evaluated next week to determine when he can return to play.
Despite the injury, he had a huge game in which he recorded third consecutive triple-double, scoring 40 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists. For February, Westbrook averaged 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists — numbers that was only ever averaged by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.