Oklahoma City Thunder 7-Footer Suffers Fractured Leg


A terrible blow for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and for burgeoning young 7-footer Aleksej Pokuševski, who suffered a fractured leg in Wednesday night's game. The diagnosis puts him out of the lineup likely until at least March.

The Thunder have announced his injury as a non-displaced tibial plateau fracture in his left leg. He'll be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks.

Poku had been a fun watch for Thunder fans this season, and his loss will certainly hurt the team. The 7-foot, 190-pound Pokuševski had been averaging 8.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, while shooting an impressive 37.6% from behind the arc. 

The injury occurred during the opening minutes of the Thunder's win against the San Antonio Spurs. After contesting for a rebound, Poku fell and was in obvious pain on the floor. He immediately called for a substitution and needed help back to the locker room. 

NBA injury expert Jeff Stotts says the Thunder's Darius Bazley sustained the same injury last season near the end of the season. 

Pokusevski was the 17th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. He's eligible for a rookie extension after the season.

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