Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful procedure to address a fracture in the zygomatic arch bone of his right cheek Saturday, the team announced. He has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers and will be re-evaluated this week to determine when he can return to play.


Westbrook suffered the injury with only a few seconds left in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday when teammate Andre Roberson inadvertently kneed him in the face, leaving a visible dent in the side of his face. Westbrook left the game without speaking to reporters in order to carry out further evaluation at a local medical facility.

The zygomatic arch bone separates the eye socket from the sinuses.

Westbrook had his third consecutive triple-double against the Blazers, scoring 40 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He had a historic February, averaging 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists, numbers that only ever have been totaled by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.

The Thunder obviously can not afford Westbrook to miss any time with KD already sitting out but from the sounds of it Russell could be playing in a few days. I am sure the NBA as a whole is feeling a little at ease knowing he might miss a few games, considering the way he is dominating the entire league the past month.