Thunder rookie Diallo avoids serious leg injury after fall

Thunder rookie Diallo avoids serious leg injury after fall

Two 20-year-old Thunder guards left with injuries, Terrance Ferguson in the 1st quarter with a left ankle sprain and Hamidou Diallo carried off on a stretcher with a severe leg injury in the 4th.

Nevertheless, that rating has plummeted the past three games to just 0.974 points per possession.

Aside from Diallo's injury, there was positive news for the Thunder, who picked up their fourth win in five games by defeating the Warriors 123-95. "When guys go down, we're a family here and we have to have our brother's back, and that's what we're going to do", said guard Russell Westbrook.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan was particularly pleased with the performance as it came at the end of a hard three-game road trip.

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In a loss Monday at Sacramento, Diallo became the first Thunder rookie ever to go at least 7 for 7 from the floor.

Curry has been recovering from a groin injury, and Green is still recovering from a toe injury.

Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes. He made both his three-point tries on the way to 18 points.

On Wednesday, Durant liked and then unliked a comment about Green potentially getting traded, which only will make the whispers of the Warriors' impending demise grow louder.

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The win improved Oklahoma's record to 11-6 for the season, moving the Thunder up in fourth place in the Western Conference, just ahead of Golden State, which is now 12-7 after losing four straight games for the first time in the Steve Kerr era. They also lost six straight just before that in February '13.

Golden State COO Rick Welts and forward Jordan Bell greeted coaches Jerry Cleek and Sheila Craft, players and principal Loren Lighthall along with other evacuees before the game.

Luckily, early tests revealed there wasn't any serious structural damage and Diallo was ruled to have just a sprained left ankle, which seems like the best case scenario.

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