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Andre Roberson took a serious fall in the third quarter and ended up leaving on a stretcher and for the Oklahoma City Thunder they wait for the official word of what is the diagnosis.

With 4:33 left in the third quarter, Roberson found a wide open back door cut but as he went into the air, it looks as if his leg gives out and he takes a nasty spill to the floor. Roberson was able to pull his self off the court and it was obvious something serious just happened.

As teammates came over to console him, Roberson left on a stretcher, biting a towel, holding back tears.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported a source saying Roberson has a ruptured patellar tendon.

Thunder head coach Billy Donovan confirmed in post-game Roberson has a patellar tendon injury but did not specify on the severity.

According to the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute, a person cannot resume sports activities for up to six months. He might not even be able to walk for 3-3½ months.

the Patellar tendon i a tendon that extends down the high muscle, or quadricep, and attaches to the knee cap to the shin bone. It helps keep the knee straight. Forceful movement by the quad or falling directing on the knee can cause the tear.

Kathryn Trumble, the Physical Therapist who wrote the article, says surgery is often required to repair the injury.

While it’s not 100 percent sure the severity of the injury, The Thunder said they want to wait until they land back in Oklahoma City to get the severity.

The severity of the injury can determine for sure if surgery (full tear) or just physical therapy is needed (partial tear).

According to Wojnarowski, Roberson is expected to need season ending surgery to repair his injury.

Roberson came into the game averaging 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds for a Thunder team that has now won seven consecutive games.

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