Hamidou Diallo went down awkwardly with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter in Oklahoma City’s 123-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. He was carted off on a stretcher and Thunder nation collectively held their breath.
Diallo is going to be re-evaluated back in Oklahoma City on Thursday. No official injury statement has been announced by the Thunder. However, according to a Thunder spokesperson, Diallo has been cleared of any serious lower leg injury. This means no torn ligaments, broken bones or separations. Given with how bad the injury looked, this is one of the best news we could’ve received.
According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Diallo has an ankle sprain.
When he left, Diallo had three points on 1-of-6 shooting and six rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Diallo, the 45th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has become a real bright spot off the bench for the Thunder. He’s even stepped up in place of the missing Terrance Ferguson this season in the starting lineup.
In 16 games, Diallo has averaged 6.3 points in 14.6 minutes this season. He’s shooting 47 percent from the field.
Diallo’s injury was the third to happen to Oklahoma City in the Warrior’s game. Terrance Ferguson rolled his ankle in the first half. Then, Nerlens Noel in his first game back from illness, had to pick up five stitches after being hit in the face. He was able to return to the game.
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