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Thunder G Roberson expected to miss rest of season

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson lies on the court after slipping during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson is expected to miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left patellar tendon.

The Thunder made the announcement in a news release on Sunday. The team said the injury will require surgery.

Roberson, one of the league's top perimeter defenders, was taken off on a stretcher in the third quarter of Saturday's game at the Detroit Pistons after landing hard on the court. His left leg seemed to give way as he was beginning to jump for an alley-oop, and he landed on his tailbone or lower back.

The 6-foot-7 Roberson was an All-Defense second-team selection last season. In 39 games this season, he averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.15. He had missed eight games earlier in the season with left patellar tendinitis.

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