Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Roberson’s absence will also make it difficult for All-Star Paul George, also considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, to gamble for steals. George is second in the league in that category.Donovan said George’s role won’t change.“The one thing that I think is a mistake is now to throw all this onus on Paul George, that he now has to be our defensive stopper,” Donovan said. “It has to be our team.”Donovan said rookie Terrance Ferguson would start Sunday against Philadelphia, but he did not guarantee Ferguson would remain the starter going forward. He said the slot would be filled by the player who makes the most sense on a game-by-game basis.“It’s not about, ’Hey, listen, you’ve got to prove to me to earn the spot,’” Donovan said. “I trust Terrance. Terrance is a terrific player, he’s a great guy, he’s a team guy, he’s unselfish. He’ll do anything that’s asked of him.”ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Day, Noren need another day to decide winner at Torrey Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson fist-bumps a fan as he is carted off 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 — 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 also said Roberson had surgery Sunday at the McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Thunder coach Billy Donovan said it will be difficult to fill the void left by one of the league’s top perimeter defenders.“You don’t replace him,” Donovan said. “It’s no different than having a guy that gets 25 points a game and goes out. You’re not going to have one person go out and replace 25 points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRoberson 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.