Thunder's Perry Jones leaves game against Raptors with knee contusion

Wednesday November 5th, 2014

Perry Jones will not return to Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors after suffering a contusion in his right knee.

Early in the third quarter, Jones drove towards the paint from the left wing and collided with Patrick Patterson. The Thunder forward collapsed to the floor as he lost the ball out of bounds.

[H/T Anthony Slater]

Oklahoma City was already playing short-handed, having lost Kevin Durant to a foot fractureRussell Westbrook to a broken hand and Andre Roberson to a sprained ankleJeremy Lamb, Anthony Morrow and rookie Mitch McGary are also out with injuries.

Jones' removal from the game leaves the Thunder with seven active players: Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins, Sebastian Telfair, Reggie Jackson, Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Lance Thomas. Jackson returned to the lineup against Brooklyn on Monday after battling a wrist injury.

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With Durant and Westbrook out, Jones had emerged as one of the Thunder's top offensive options. He scored 32 points in an Oct. 30 loss to the Clippers, 23 in a win over the Nuggets two nights later and 16 against the Nets. The 2012 first-round pick averaged only 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12.3 minutes over 62 games last season.

After the game, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said Jones would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

The Thunder (1-3) get two nights off before hosting the Grizzlies on Friday. 

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