Thunder says no serious leg injury for Diallo

NBA.com Global on Nov 23, 2018 08:34 AM
Thunder says no serious leg injury for Diallo
Hamidou Diallo NBA file photo

NBA.com staff report

The Oklahoma City Thunder are able to breathe a sigh of relief of sorts on Thanksgiving Day.

Rookie guard Hamidou Diallo was carted off the court on a stretcher with 7:17 left in last night's (Thursday, PHL time) 123-95 road win against the Golden State Warriors. Per the Thunder, he avoided serious injury after X-rays and Warriors doctors evaluated him.

According to ESPN's Royce Young, Diallo sustained a left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

Diallo's left leg was stabilized as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Arena crowd. Diallo was credited for rebounding Jonas Jerebko's missed layup when they both went down hard. Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes.

Young reported that Diallo exited the locker room with a boot on his left foot and was using crutches. Diallo was reportedly in good spirits, though, as he left the arena -- somewhat surprising news considering how scary the play looked.

Aside from Diallo's injury, some other Thunder players got dinged up in the win against Golden State. Terrance Ferguson returned from a two-game absence as he welcomed a baby, then went down at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn't return. Nerlens Noel received stitches after getting hit in the face during the second quarter.

''There's just been a lot of things on this road trip that have impacted any level of consistency, our rotation, of having any idea of who's going to be playing,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after the game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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