Thunder dealt a blow with Roberson's injury before facing 76ers

Thunder dealt a blow with Roberson's injury before facing 76ers”

Oklahoma City guard Andre Roberson was taken off on a stretcher during Saturday night's game at Detroit after he was unable to reach an alley-oop pass and landed hard on the floor. Guard Andre Roberson, one of the top defenders in the National Basketball Association, had to be carted off on a stretcher late in the third quarter.

Roberson was averaging 6.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks in 38 games, all starts, for Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City has led the National Basketball Association seemingly all season in any sort of takeaway category. However, Westbrook and George went into takeover mode-scoring or assisting on the team's final nine field goals of the quarter and turning the deficit into a nine-point advantage before the fourth.

Adrian Wojanrowski of ESPN reports that Roberson suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee.

A number of statistics point to Roberson's value at the defensive end of the court., the Thunder have allowed 11.8 more points per 100 possessions this season with Roberson on the bench.

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

He's the best perimeter defender on a team that - despite its star power - has won more with defense than offense this season.

"I'll be there for him along the way, try to help as much as possible, putting him in a good place with the injury", George said.

"Obviously, we're frustrated as a team, just like we were frustrated last game when we lost", Harris said.

George shot 9 of 17 a day after being named the All-Star replacement for New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins.

CLEVELAND - LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and narrowly missed his second straight triple-double, and Cleveland sent Detroit to its eighth straight loss.

"It's tough", Westbrook said.

Donovan indicated that rookie Terrance Ferguson and second-year pro Alex Abrines could replace Roberson in the lineup.

Aaron Gordon had 22 points, and Evan Fournier finished with 21 to lead the Magic.

The beef between the reigning MVP and Embiid began back in December when Westbrook led the Thunder to a 119-117 victory over the Sixers.

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