Enes Kanter out indefinitely with forearm fracture

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Enes Kanter punched a chair during a timeout in the second quarter on Thursday night and fractured his forearm.

Kanter, who immediately left for the training room was initially out with a right wrist sprain, but it was apparent immediately after the game when Kanter was seen in a fully wrapped arm that the injury was signficantly worse.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report it, then Royce Young of ESPN, Kanter’s injury was worse. He fractured his forearm and will miss extended time. His original timeline of indefinitely is until they define it.

“We’re going to lose Enes for a few games,” Donovan said. “It’s a part of the 82 games.”

Kanter joined the Thunder in 2014 in a trade from the Utah Jazz. He had been the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

This is a huge loss for Oklahoma City. This is a massive blow to any real chance Oklahoma City had at making it past the first round. Oklahoma City, though is seven games ahead of the eighth seed. They’re nine games from the ninth spot with 35 games remaining. The Thunder are 28-19 and holding onto the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Kanter is averaging 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds on 56 percent shooting. Kanter has missed only two games while with the Thunder. He missed one game in Feb. 2015 with a hip contusion and one game in March 2015 with an ankle injury.

“I am disappointed personally,” Donovan said. “Because he was playing very good basketball.”

Oklahoma City now will travel to San Antonio on Sunday and then play the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

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