Ryan Broekhoff limped off the court in the final minute of the Dallas Mavericks' road loss to the LA Lakers, and it has since been confirmed he suffered a fractured fibula, a bone in his left leg.
Specifically diagnosed as a fracture of the proximal head of his left fibula, there is no timeline for a return and no mention of how severe the injury is. Athletes can often return to full contact within 6 weeks for less severe cases.
The 6'6 forward who had scored 6 points on 2 of 4 shooting with 2 rebounds in 8 minutes, appeared to tweak his ankle or knee late in the game, resulting in the sharpshooter limping from the court. Broekhoff would miss the Mavericks third straight road game in which they fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, with his diagnosis confirmed upon the teams return to Dallas.
Broekhoff has been providing 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.7 minutes across 10 games this season. His best outing was in a win against the 76ers where he added 8 points and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes. the 2016 Rio Olympian has also been shooting exceptionally well from beyond the three-point line, connecting at 50% from long-range.
Having bypassed the 2019 FIBA World Cup to be at the birth of his son, Broekhoff is expected to make himself available for selection for the 2020 Rio Olympics pending fitness.