Kanter compiled 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal across 15 minutes in Tuesday's 97-87 preseason win over the Nuggets.
For the second straight game, the Thunder leaned heavily on starting center Steven Adams, who played 25 minutes, but Kanter was able to flirt with a double-double in more limited time off the bench. Kanter is likely to surpass the 20-minute range most nights when the regular season arrives, which should be enough time for him to post quality lines on a fairly consistent basis. Kanter's ceiling for production is limited, however, by coach Billy Donovan's reluctance to deploy him alongside Adams as part of a super-sized frontcourt.
Kanter compiled 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT) and eight rebounds across 20 minutes in Sunday's 112-94 preseason win over the Timberwolves.
Kanter, who returned from a one-game absence due to a sore knee, came off the bench Sunday with Steven Adams (ankle) also returning to action. With Adams turning in a dominant performance (20 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks), it appears safe to say that his ankle is no longer an issue, which won't help Kanter's fantasy value. Though Kanter is capable of providing double-double production even in a more limited role, coach Billy Donovan's reluctance to play the Turkish big man alongside Adams will put a ceiling on his playing time most nights.
Kanter (knee) has been cleared for Sunday's preseason matchup with the Timberwolves, The Oklahoman reports.
Kanter was able to go through shootaround without any issues Sunday morning, which was enough for team doctor's to clear him for a return to the court. He'll be available against the Timberwolves Sunday, although it wouldn't be surprising if he saw his minutes limited in order to make sure he's 100 percent for the team's regular season opener on Oct. 26. Steven Adams (ankle) has also been cleared for a return, so look for Kanter to come off the bench behind him.
Kanter experienced some soreness in his knee late last week and was eventually held out of Thursday's preseason game against the Grizzlies. He was able to go through shootaround Sunday morning, but it remains to be seen if he'll be cleared for Sunday's outing versus the Timberwolves. We'll likely see his status updated once tip-off is closer, but with Steven Adams (ankle) also dealing with an injury, the Thunder could be lacking for depth at center.
Kanter is dealing with some soreness in his knee and will sit out Thursday's preseason game against the Grizzlies, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
The Thunder are also slated to be without Steven Adams (ankle), so look for the likes of Joffrey Lauvergne, Domantas Sabonis and Nick Collison to collectively soak up the minutes at center. Considering Kanter is just dealing with some overall soreness, it doesn't sound all too serious and he could be back as soon as Sunday's matchup with the Timberwolves.
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