Oklahoma City guard Andre Roberson suffered a ruptured left patellar tendon during the third quarter of Saturday’s win over the Pistons. Roberson was taken off the court on a stretcher after his left leg appeared to give out on the receiving end of an alley-oop attempt. Roberson, 26, will undergo surgery to repair the injury and miss the remainder of the season. He missed eight games earlier this season with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.

The injury happened with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter of the Thunder’s 121-108 victory. Roberson, who was in the right corner, broke to the basket as Russell Westbrook lobbed the ball to him. However, Roberson crumpled to the court after his leg bent in an awkward direction. He appeared to land on his buttocks and then slid off to the side of the court.

Roberson was examined by trainers for several minutes before being put on a stretcher — sitting — and taken off the court. His leg was placed in an air cast. While some teammates were huddled around Roberson, forward Carmelo Anthony took a knee at midcourt. Anthony said it was “1,000 percent” difficult to return “to a competitive mindset after seeing one of your guys go down like that.” Oklahoma City led by 25 points (91-66) when it happened. The Pistons then cut the lead to nine points.

Forward Paul George said he’ll be there to assist Roberson in dealing with the injury. George understands better than most, having come back after breaking his right leg in an exhibition game with USA Basketball in 2014.

Anthony said the Thunder will sometimes rely on Roberson to guard some of the opponent’s top offensive threats and that he’s a “smart defender” whom they could rely on nightly defensively. Roberson, who made his 39th start Saturday and was averaging 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds entering the game, is a player whose value doesn’t always show up statistically for Oklahoma City.

How much will the Thunder miss Roberson’s defense? According to ESPN Stats & Info, in 539 minutes with Roberson joining Westbrook, George, Anthony and Adams on the floor, the Thunder allow 95.9 points per 100 possessions; in 402 minutes for the Thunder’s Big Four without Roberson, they allow 114.5 points per 100.

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