Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo suffers hyperextension sprain in right elbow
Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo suffered a hyperextension sprain to his right elbow Friday night against the Lakers, the team announced Sunday.
Diallo has been ruled out for OKC's 9:30 p.m. Monday night game at Golden State. The Thunder will update his timeline in the coming days.
It's the same right elbow Diallo had arthroscopic surgery on in April. There's no official word on if the injuries are related.
Diallo exited in the fourth quarter Friday after he was called for a defensive foul against LeBron James. Diallo was in visible pain as he fell to the floor. He immediately headed to the Thunder locker room.
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Diallo has averaged 21 minutes played off the bench for the Thunder. The second-year guard is averaging 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He is OKC's second-leading scorer off the bench behind point guard Dennis Schroder.
Abdel Nader is likely to see a boost in playing time while Diallo is sidelined. Nader, a 6-foot-5 wing, has played limited minutes in eight games this season. He appeared in 61 games last season for the Thunder.
"He's as good of a worker as I've been around," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of Nader. "He's in the gym before practice, after practice, he comes back in at night. Yesterday when we didn't have anything, he's in here shooting. He's always working, and I give him a lot of credit.
"Now, the one thing I think has happened probably for him is he sometimes can overthink things. And I think when guys start doing that it kind of takes away that aggressiveness. So, we've got to try to help him find a balance there."