Diallo had just two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and a rebound in 21 minutes Friday, as the Thunder fell to the Bucks 133-86. Picking up three fouls in the first quarter stalled Diallo's night, but considering the nature of the contest, there was plenty of opportunity for Diallo to get involved. Twenty-one minutes represented his most playing time in nearly a month. It would take an extended absence from a Thunder starter for Diallo to begin approaching fantasy relevance.
Diallo will get the start at power forward in Friday's game against the Bucks, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports. Diallo will get the start in place of Danilo Gallinari (ankle). He has averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds across 27.5 minutes in two starts this season.
Diallo (coach's decision) didn't get off the bench Friday in the Thunder's 113-101 win over the Nuggets. Diallo hasn't seen the floor in either of the Thunder's past two games and appears to be behind at least four players (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, Dennis Schroder and Terrance Ferguson) in Oklahoma City's pecking order on the wing. Neither Dort nor Ferguson has been especially impressive in the minutes each has received, but Diallo's inability to knock down shots from the outside looks like it may continue to keep him in coach Billy Donovan's doghouse. Over his 83 career NBA appearances, Diallo has hit only nine of his 53 three-point attempts (17 percent).
Diallo produced 10 points (5-6 FG), 10 rebounds and one block in 22 minutes Saturday in the Thunder's 113-104 win over the Timberwolves. After a poor showing as a spot starter Jan. 18 versus Portland, Diallo has moved back to the bench, allowing rookie Luguentz Dort to enter the top unit while Terrance Ferguson (personal) and Abdel Nader (ankle) have been unavailable. Despite his bench role, Diallo has been a more productive contributor than Dort, averaging 7.3 points, 5.8 boards and 1.3 assists in 20.3 minutes over the past four contests. Those numbers are good enough to keep Diallo on the radar very deep leagues, but he won't have a path to relevancy in 14-team formats or shallower unless the Thunder suffer more personnel losses.
Diallo is in the starting lineup Saturday against the Trail Blazers. The 21-year-old will join the starting five against Portland with Danilo Gallinari (rest) and Terrance Ferguson (illness) unavailable. Diallo is averaging 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 19.2 minutes this season, but he figures to see increased run Saturday.
Last 7 Games
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