CHAIR 1, Enes Kanter O.
Enes Kanter could miss up to two months on the injured list after he fractured his right forearm when he punched a chair on the Oklahoma City Thunder bench during a victory against the Dallas Mavericks 109-98 on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
ESPN reported a visibly frustrated Turkish center walked back to the bench during a timeout in the second quarter and punched his fist into a padded chair on the sidelines.
The folding chair flipped up slightly and its metal edge caught Kanter’s forearm, ESPN added.
The big man was immediately taken to the locker room for X-Rays which later confirmed the fracture.
"It's tough, man, especially to do it the way he did it, it's very unfortunate," Russell Westbrook said. "He's a strong man and he'll be back better.
Kanter had his right wrist in a wrap when he left the arena, shaking his head and seemingly apologetic.
Fellow center Steven Adams said. "It was just one of those really frustrating times and just happened to do what he did. He's already really hard on himself, like no one else can be as hard on Enes as he is on himself. He's probably just feeling so under the weather, just feel bad for him. But still a good man, give him some time and he'll be back."
The Thunder will feel Kanter’s loss, especially Westbrook who has described him as “the best bench player in the league.” Kanter delivers 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game at an average of 22 minutes of playing time.
The Thunder currently hold a 28-19 record and are in sixth place in the Western Conference.