The Oklahoma City Thunder cannot beg, borrow, or steal a single shred of good fortune at the start of the 2014-15 season. Perpetual MVP candidate Kevin Durant is out 6-8 weeks with a Jones fracture in his left foot. Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, and Anthony Morrow are down with injuries and ailments. Now comes tonight's devastating news. Superstar point guard Russell Westbrook, who single-handedly butchered the Trail Blazers in the opening game of the season, has fractured the second metacarpal in his right hand. According to ESPN.com, the injury happened midway through the second quarter in Oklahoma City's second game of the season, facing the Los Angeles Clippers.
Westbrook appeared to injure his hand while going up for a rebound and hitting Kendrick Perkins' elbow. After the play, Westbrook grimaced and looked down at his right hand as he tried to make a fist.
The injury will leave the Thunder with a potential starting backcourt of Sebastian Telfair and Andre Roberson...the only two healthy guards left on their entire roster. If they continue the pattern from their first two games, Perry Jones, Serge Ibaka, and Steven Adams will round out their starting five.
The Thunder have started the season 0-2.
You can visit Welcome to Loud City to see the Oklahoma City reaction. Blazer's Edge offers condolences to Oklahoma City fans. Injuries have been no stranger to the Blazers in recent years and nobody wants to see tidal waves like this happen to excellent teams.
Hat tip to WillBartonMVP for getting the news in the FanShots.