Basketball world holds its breath over rookie's horror injury

Basketball fans have flooded social media with an outpouring of support for Oklahoma’s Hamidou Diallo after the rookie suffered a horrific injury in the NBA.

Diallo came down heavily on his ankle in their 123-95 win against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old was in obvious agony as he swiftly taken off the court in a stretcher.

Diallo went up for a rebound with Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko in front of the rim midway through the fourth quarter.

The pair collided in the air, and Diallo twisted his left ankle completely as he fell to the ground.

Diallo’s injury left NBA fans horrified. Pic: ESPN
Diallo’s injury left NBA fans horrified. Pic: ESPN

Diallo could be seen writhing in pain as he crawled toward the baseline, where the medical staff reached him to assess the injury.

The youngster was then taken off the court in a stretcher as fans prayed for the youngster’s speedy recovery.

The forward finished the game with three points and six rebound, shooting 1-of-6 from the field.

The Thunder cruised to the 28-point win behind a big fourth quarter where they held the Warriors to just 16 points.

Paul George led the Thunder with 25 points and nine rebounds, shooting 10-of-23 from the field. Point guard Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple double of the season, too, dropping 11 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.

Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green did not play in the loss — which marked Golden State’s first four-game losing streak in six years.

Curry has been recovering from a groin injury, and Green is still recovering from a toe injury.

With Yahoo Sports US