Abrines underwent surgery for a sports hernia Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined six weeks, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
It's unclear just how long Abrines has been dealing with the ailment, but it should be corrected following Wednesday's procedure. A six-week timetable would put a return somewhere in mid-June, which means Abrines should be back to full strength prior to training camp. Abrines is due $5.45 million from the Thunder, but likely won't be a fantasy asset in the majority of leagues as he should once again be relegated to a minor reserve role in 2018-19.
Abrines poured in 10 points (3-3 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added three rebounds and two steals across 16 minutes during Oklahoma City's 113-96 loss to the Jazz in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Abrines has now bookended scoreless efforts in Games 2 and 3 with a pair of double-digit scoring efforts. The 24-year-old sharpshooter has seen steady minutes off the bench over the first four games of the series, but as just alluded to, his production has been exceedingly difficult to predict. As such, he very much remains a DFS tournament-only play heading into Wednesday's critical Game 5.
Updating a previous report, Abrines (concussion) is active and available to play in Sunday's playoff opener against the Jazz, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
Abrines was originally listed as out in the game notes, but appears to have progressed quicker than expected and has completed the NBA's concussion protocol. He'll slot back into his typical reserve role, likely looking at minutes in the teens. The Thunder are also getting back starting guard Corey Brewer (knee), so the wing rotation should be at full strength.
Abrines (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's playoff opener against the Jazz, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
Abrines missed the final game of the regular season due to a concussion and apparently has yet to progress through the NBA's protocol entirely. He did, however, go through non-contact work during Saturday's practice, so there seems to be a decent chance he's ultimately cleared ahead of Game 2 on Wednesday. That said, look for additional updates to be provided once he's a full participant in practice.
Abrines (concussion) will not play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
Abrines remains in concussion protocol and will turn his attention toward being cleared for Game 1 of the postseason, which will be either Saturday or Sunday.
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