Thunder forward Desmond Mason will miss the remainder of the season after hyperextending his right knee in Wednesday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Mason was seen at practice Thursday walking on crutches after undergoing an MRI in the morning. He will not join the team on the upcoming two-game road trip at Utah on Friday and Sacramento on Sunday.
Mason sustained the injury with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter while coming down awkwardly after attempting to block a layup by Grizzlies point guard Kyle Lowry. Mason appeared in 39 games, 19 as a starter, and averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.3 minutes.
This is not the first time this knee has given Mason trouble: last March, playing with the Bucks, he got the same sort of injury, though that time he missed only a single game.
And if the numbers don’t look much more than workmanlike, take heed to the words of Kevin Durant:
“He’s like the heart and soul of this team. I think we just got to help each other out even more now.”
Meanwhile, this leaves a hole in the starting lineup, what with Kyle Weaver being more or less day-to-day. Were it up to me, they’d bump Russell Westbrook to the two, leaving Chucky Atkins and Earl Watson to run the point. And I rather suspect that GM Sam Presti is going to deal for a shooting guard to fill out the season. (Rumor has it that the Jazz are shopping Morris Almond, hint, hint.)