Enes Kanter Fractures Forearm
Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is out for an extended period of time. On Thursday Kanter fractured his forearm by abruptly punching a chair with 7:34 remaining in the second quarter.
After leaving court-side to get X-Rays, the break was discovered by the team’s medical staff.
The Thunder faced a depleted Dallas Mavericks squad that owns a 16-30 record.
With their athleticism and offensive firepower, the 28-19 Oklahoma group could have easily have handled Dallas. Without Kanter, OKC struggled to pull out the 109-98 victory.
The Thunder has a superstar player, Russell Westbrook, who is averaging a triple-double during the current campaign. In basketball it takes a team effort to win games. Kanter is one of the best players coming off the bench. He is the third-leading scorer on the team says Cliff Brunt of Associated Press. Kanter also finished third in NBA sixth man voting last season as well. He is averaging 14.4 points with 6.7 rebounds and .7 blocks stated by ESPN.
The injury is life-threatening for the Thunder as they lose one of their best players. Since Kevin Durant chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors last offseason, the Thunder are working as a team this year.
They bought in Victor Oladipo on a trade but he is not playing on the level they want. Kanter is a huge part of their success and need him to stay in the playoff hunt.
If the playoffs started today they would own the sixth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. The West is very competitive and the Thunder is in real danger of missing the postseason.
Working in their favor is the timing off All-Star Weekend. The week-long break provides a beneficial buffer during Kanter’s recovery period.
Before or after the break (no pun intended), the Thunder must rally behind the next man up concept if they are to hold on to their championship dreams.
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