USA Basketball: Russell Westbrook expected to play in gold medal game vs. Spain

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook sprained his ankle late in Team USA’s semifinal game against Argentina. Westbrook started hobbling right after the play and rushed himself to the locker room and didn’t return.

Team USA went on to beat Argentina 109-83 to comfortably advance to the gold medal game where Spain awaits them.

“Hopefully he’s fine,” Kevin Durant said in a sideline interview after the game. “Russell bounces back quick from injury, so hopefully this one isn’t any different. … He ran off. It didn’t seem like it was too bad. Hopefully he’s all right.”

Sources told Yahoo! Sports that Westbrook is fine and will play in the gold medal game vs. Spain.

Westbrook is averaging 9.3 points per game in 14.4 minutes per game for Team USA. He has attempted the most free throws on the team at 25 in that amount of time.

Westbrook’s greatest contribution has come on the defensive end pressuring opposing ball handlers in the back court. No other country has anyone who can come close to the athlete Westbrook is on the floor.

Westbrook has never missed a game of basketball in his life. Literally, since high school Westbrook has yet to miss a game with an injury.

Tip-off for the gold medal game will be 10 a.m. EST Sunday on NBC.

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