Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Thunder's Andre Roberson suffers leg injury and leaves game on stretcher

OKC Thunder TORONTO ON – JANUARY 17 Avery Bradley
| 29 January, 2018, 11:45

Anthony scored point No. 25,000 on a third quarter free throw on the road against the Detroit Pistons. Three minutes later, the mood darkened instantaneously.

When Cousins went down Friday night, did he take the Pelicans' season with him? As Thunder teammates gathered around him, the Thunder medical staff took Roberson off in a stretcher, stabilizing his left leg.

Roberson returned from missing eight games with patellar tendinitis in his left knee on January 17.

"We were trying to get a balance", Van Gundy said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Joel Embiid is not backing down from Russell Westbrook despite losing the game as he trolled the reigning Most Valuable player on Instagram.

Cleveland has won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak December 9-17. The Thunder managed to respond on each occasion. George closed out the surge with a 3-pointer that put Oklahoma City up 10. The Thunder picked up their 8th straight win with a 122-112 defeat of the Philadelphia 76ers.

"It was a real emotional finish". "We weathered the storm".

On paper, it looks like the Thunder should walk away with a win and if Reggie Bullock is unable to play that makes the task even tougher.

After the game, the Thunder's thoughts were all with Roberson, as expected. "We've been a lowest five defensive team in the National Basketball Association the whole time". It's a huge blow to us. "You're dealing with a very talented individual". On Saturday, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he showed his players film of their turnovers and bad shots.


Roberson's absence will also make it hard for All-Star Paul George, also considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, to gamble for steals. "I know how it is".

Despite Roberson's injury, there were bright spots.

OKC rode Anthony's hot hand to a 69-57 half-time lead, before going on to score the opening 17 points on the third quarter.

"If he's ahead of the ball and it's him and somebody else, he can have it", Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 13 points, joked.

"I told him to go home", Westbrook admitted to reporters after the game. Just very basic things.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had led by 19 points earlier in the game, but the Washington Wizards had whittled the lead down to nonexistence.

The 6-foot-7 Roberson was an All-Defense second-team selection last season.

"He gotta start doing more tricks on the fast break", George said with his deadpan delivery. "Obviously I'm still praying for Cousins as well with his injury and obviously praying for Dre as well". That's something we should be able to do a better job of.

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