ANBL: NZ Breakers import Lamar Patterson cleared of serious knee injury after loss to Illawarra

American Lamar Patterson has been cleared of serious injury, after limping from the court during NZ Breakers' latest Australian NBL defeat to Illawarra Hawks.

The powerful forward went down, clasping a knee, after making a layup during the third quarter. He immediately left the game and didn't return, contributing 13 points and one rebound in a 102-88 loss.

The club has announced that he avoided serious knee injuries, but it's still unclear whether he will be available to face Sydney Kings on Thursday.

Patterson is a two-time All-ANBL First Team selection and a former college teammate of Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams, but his form so far this season has been a contributing factor to the Breakers' one-win/five-loss record at the foot of the competition table. 

After scoring 21.4 points a game for Brisbane Bullets last season, Patterson is averaging just 10.8 points for the Breakers, shooting just 37 percent from the field and 22 percent from the three-point arc.

But the four-time ANBL champions cannot afford to lose their import, after Tall Blacks centre Rob Loe returned home from Australia last week, ruling himself out of a return this season.