Thunder’s Westbrook to miss game with ankle sprain

Russell of the Thunder will miss at least one game after suffering a sprained ankle earlier in the week.

Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a sprained ankle in Monday’s game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans, the team announced in a news release.

Westbrook will miss Wednesday’s game at the Cleveland Cavaliers then be re-evaluated Thursday before a home game against the Houston Rockets.

Westbrook missed the season’s first two games following knee surgery in August and the Thunder initially feared his ankle injury could have been significantly worse.

“Russ has a pretty high pain tolerance, so I knew it was something that was serious,” said Thunder teammate Paul George. “I was just hoping it wasn’t his knee. I thought I saw him holding his knee. I think we can all say it’s unfortunate, we can all say as bad as it was, we’re happy it wasn’t the knee and that it was just an ankle sprain.”

Westbrook, 29, traveled with the Thunder to Cleveland. The former NBA MVP is averaging 24.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists in seven games this season.