Thunder Forward Enes Kanter Fractures Forearm


Thunder Forward Enes Kanter Fractures Forearm

( 4UMF NEWS ) Thunder Forward Enes Kanter Fractures Forearm:

Oklahoma City forward Enes Kanter left Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks after punching a chair on the bench, but it was only after the game that the Thunder’s worst fears were realized.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said that Kanter fractured his right arm when he smacked the chair with his right hand out of frustration. The 24-year-old later underwent X-rays.

Houston-based orthopedic surgeon Michael George told USA TODAY Sports that a break in either of the two bones in the forearm — the radius and the ulna — will likely keep Kanter out of the lineup between six and eight weeks.

"He will probably be immobilized in a brace or cast for some period of time, then resume activities when it is healed at about six weeks," said George, a sports injury specialist at the KSF Orthopaedic Center. "After it heals, rehab is an addition 1-2 weeks."

It’s a huge loss for a 28-19 Thunder team in the midst of the Western Conference playoff race. Kanter’s 14.6 points per game were third on the team, and he averaged close to seven rebounds as well.

There is no timetable for his return, Donovan said.

The Thunder held on 109-98 over the Mavericks, but the win was obviously bittersweet.

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