OKC Thunder: Luguentz Dort injures knee, exits game – will undergo MRI

MARCH 08: Luguentz Dort #5 of the OKC Thunder looks on during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
MARCH 08: Luguentz Dort #5 of the OKC Thunder looks on during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /

OKC Thunder rookie Luguentz Dort is scheduled for an MRI after injuring his knee and being forced from game vs. Heat.

The OKC Thunder have been relatively lucky when it comes to health this season. They’ve managed Danilo Gallinari’s minutes electing to rest him on back-to-backs. Chris Paul‘s minutes are carefully watched and even Steven Adams playing time was monitored.

That all seemed to be working wonders at the team maintaining health. The above trio was the group everyone was most worried about. Both Gallo and CP3 had a reputation – – fair or not of being players who were injury prone.

In reality, some of the injuries Danilo and Chris suffered were of the rare – odd category. Breaking bones from getting hands stuck in jerseys for example.

And the timing was always the worst for the vets.

As the playoffs loom, however, the worst hits of this season seemingly all started to pile up at once. This evening just as it seemed the Thunder had avoided any long-term concerning injuries disaster struck.

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Luguentz Dort suffers knee injury – will undergo MRI

We’ll keep our fingers crossed, but reviewing the video of the play when Luguentz Dort hurt his knee it appeared in some angles of the replay he may have jolted prior to going knee on knee with Jae Crowder. Let’s hope he was just cutting and that’s not the case.

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More importantly, let’s hope this isn’t a severe or long term injury.

Full disclosure, I’m the in more of the nervous Nelly type. When Steven Adams fell awkwardly in the Lakers match visions of Jusuf Nurkic’s injury came to mind. But there was Adams back on the court tonight after taking a few games off to rest the undoubtedly sore leg — but no major injury.

Dort was unable to return to the match and will receive an MRI tonight so we’re in full-on waiting mode now.

I love basketball, but I hate this part of the game. Send up your prayers and positive vibes into the universe this isn’t a serious injury.

There are options to fill in for Dort, but the Canadian has become a lockdown defender for OKC. He takes the hardest assignment capable of defending one through four.

Again, we’re sending up positive thoughts and prayers to Lu Dort and hope he’s okay and able to return to the hardwood shortly.

In the interim, the team rallied to deliver him an improbable win as the clutch time killers struck again!

More on this tomorrow morning

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