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NBA notebook: Westbrook leaves court with apparent knee injury

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Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook left Friday’s game against host Toronto in the third quarter after appearing to injure his right knee.

Westbrook, who sat out Thursday’s win at Cleveland to rest the knee that was surgically repaired earlier this season, was injured when Toronto’s Kyle Lowry collided with him on a pump-fake near the sideline with 7:37 left in the third quarter.

After being struck on the knee by Lowry’s leg, Westbrook immediately turned and called timeout, bending over in pain. He hobbled along the sideline for a few steps and was tended to briefly by the trainer before walking off the court with help from center Hasheem Thabeet.

Westbrook scored 15 points against Toronto before leaving. A three-time All-Star, he came in averaging 21.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 36 games this season. He has been on a minutes restriction since his return from surgery in February.

BOBCATS SIGN WHITE — The Bobcats say they’ve signed forward DJ White to a 10-day contract. The move was announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 White is in his sixth NBA season and has averaged six points and 3.2 rebounds in his 132 games with Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Boston.

White previously played for Charlotte in 2011, seeing action in 82 games and averaging 7.3 points on 50 percent shooting and 3.8 rebounds per game. He becomes the third player in franchise history to return to the Bobcats for a second stint.

The 29th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, White most recently played for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association. In 22 games he averaged 20.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in 31.9 minutes. He shot 67 percent from the field.

LOPEZ HAS SURGERY — Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King said Friday night that Brook Lopez had surgery earlier this month that “cleaned out” his left ankle.

The procedure, performed on March 3, was the Brooklyn center’s second major surgery of the season after he broke his right foot on Dec. 21 during a game at Philadelphia.

“The reason we waited to tell you today was because he saw the doctor and his right foot is healing great. In about a week and a half he’ll be out of the boot. His timetable is about the same,” King said.

King also added that he expects Lopez to be ready in June.

“He’ll be out of that boot on the left ankle in I think three, three and a half weeks.”

During Lopez’s most recent surgery, King said that the 25-year-old center also had a partial tear in a tendon.

Prior to fracturing his foot, Lopez had missed a total of nine games due to a sprain in his left ankle.

In 17 games this season, the fifth-year center averaged 20.7 points, six rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

KORVER SITS OUT — Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver didn’t play against the New Orleans Pelicans due to back spasms Friday.

Shelvin Mack replaced Korver in the starting lineup.

Korver, averaging 12.3 points per game, set an NBA record this season by making 3-pointers in 127 consecutive games. His injury was announced minutes before tipoff.

Mack, in his third season, is making his seventh start of the season.


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