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Thunder's Nerlens Noel: Questionable Wednesday
Noel (illness) is questionable Wednesday against the Warriors, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Noel missed Monday's game against the Kings due to an illness, which seems to also be affecting Alex Abrines, who is also questionable with an illness. More information on Noel's availability may arrive after Wednesday's morning shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Terrance Ferguson: Won't play Wednesday
Ferguson (personal) will not play Wednesday against the Warriors, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Ferguson will miss a third straight game while attending to a personal matter. With Alex Abrines (illness) questionable, the Thunder could continue to be extremely shorthanded on the wing.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Alex Abrines: Questionable Wednesday
Abrines (illness) is questionable Wednesday against the Warriors, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Abrines was only able to play the first half of Monday's game against the Kings while nursing an illness. He seems to still be affected, as his status is in question Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Jerami Grant: Questionable for Wednesday
Grant (ankle) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Warriors, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Grant exited Monday's game against the Kings after rolling his ankle, and coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday that it's "hard to tell" if the forward will be ready to play Wednesday night. The Thunder went through only a light practice Tuesday, so look for a more definitive update after shootaround Wednesday morning.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Terrance Ferguson: Could be back with team Tuesday
Oklahoma City is "hopeful" that Ferguson (personal) will be back with the team Tuesday night, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Ferguson has missed the last two games while attending a personal matter, but it looks like he could be back in time for Wednesday's showdown with the undermanned Warriors. Look for the Thunder to confirm Ferguson's status by either Tuesday night or shootaround Wednesday morning.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Dennis Schroder: Returns to bench Monday
Schroder offered six points (3-17 FG, 0-6 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists and one steal across 29 minutes in the Thunder's 117-113 loss to the Kings on Monday.
Schroder found himself back on the bench with the return of Russell Westbrook (ankle/personal) to the team. However, he still would have had ample opportunity for a strong return had his shot not fallen at a season-worst 17.6 percent clip. The 25-year-old German did manage to offer some serviceable rebounding and assists numbers, but the six points qualified as a season low. He'll look to bounce back in what should remain a high-usage role off the bench against the Warriors on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot: Leads bench in scoring
Luwawu-Cabarrot provided 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 24 minutes in the Thunder's 117-113 loss to the Kings on Monday.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has made an impact in each of the last two games, which also qualify as the only pair of contests in which he's seen double-digit minutes all season. Luwawu-Cabarrot also had a 12-point tally versus the Suns on Saturday, and given the Thunder's dearth of offensive production from the shooting guard spot, he could continue enjoying solid minutes moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Hamidou Diallo: Posts career-high scoring total
Diallo totaled 18 points (7-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebounds, one assist and two steals across 22 minutes in the Thunder's 117-113 loss to the Kings on Monday.
Diallo drew another start at two-guard and managed a career-best scoring total one game after generating just a sole point over 19 minutes. The 2018 second-round pick is seeing time with the starting five while Alex Abrines recovers from an illness, and his double-digit scoring tallies over two of the last three games could serve to carve him out additional minutes in the rotation even when the latter returns to action.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Steven Adams: Another double-double in loss
Adams netted 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 37 minutes in the Thunder's 117-113 loss to the Kings on Monday.
Adams provided a team-high number of rebounds on his way to his second straight double-double. The six-year veteran's shot attempts did take a bit of a dip with Russell Westbrook returning to the lineup after a six-game absence, but he's still put the ball up on at least 10 occasions in six consecutive games. Adams' combination of high-percentage shots, elite rebounding and solid rim protecting continue to keep his fantasy value strong across all formats.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Paul George: Falls just short of double-double
George registered 27 points (9-24 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 5-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and one block across 37 minutes in the Thunder's 117-113 loss to the Kings on Monday.
George served as an excellent complement to the effort of the returning Russell Westbrook, and he fell just short of a second straight double-double. George's shot has been a bit spotty in November, as he's now drained 40.9 percent or less of his attempts in four of the last six contests. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old is locked into a high-usage role even when Westbrook is in the lineup -- as evidenced yet again Monday -- and he's now averaging a career-high 7.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals. His versatile production therefore continues to render him an elite asset across all formats.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Excels in return
Westbrook supplied 29 points (12-25 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals across 37 minutes in the Thunder's 117-113 loss to the Kings on Monday.
Westbrook's return from a six-game absence was a highly successful one from a statistical standpoint, even as the night ended disappointingly from a team perspective. The perennial All-Star operated without a minutes restriction as advertised, and he didn't appear hampered by his previously sprained ankle whatsoever. Westbrook has now scored 29 points apiece in two of the four games he's played in November, and he's double-doubled in three of those contests as well. Given his performance Monday, he appears to be at full strength moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Jerami Grant: Heads to locker room
Grant went back to the locker room after rolling his ankle in Monday's game against the Kings, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Before exiting the contest, Grant contributed eight points (3-9 FG, 2-2 FT), one rebound and a block across 26 minutes. The Thunder are already dealing with several injuries, including Nerlens Noel (illness) in the frontcourt. With three games over the next fives days, the Thunder will have to rely heavily on Patrick Patterson and Tyler Davis should Grant miss time.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Alex Abrines: Ruled out for second half
Abrines (illness) won't be available to play in the second half of Monday's game against the Kings, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Abrines didn't check into the game during the first half while recovering from the illness and it appears the Thunder are content to keep him out for the rest of the contest. Hamidou Diallo and Dennis Schroder should shoulder most of the minutes at shooting guard the rest of the night with Abrines and Terrance Ferguson (personal) both out of the mix. Abrines' next chance to play will come Wednesday against Golden State.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Alex Abrines: Will try to play Monday
Abrines (illness) will attempt to play Monday against the Kings, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Abrines evidently doesn't feel 100 percent, but he'll try to tough it out in Sacramento. His minutes will likely depend on how he feels during the game, and he's also slated to come off the bench in an effort to take it easy on the 25-year-old guard.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Nerlens Noel: Out due to illness
Noel is unavailable for Monday's game against the Kings due to an illness, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
With Noel out of the mix, expect Patrick Patterson to see a bump in minutes at center. Given the nature of the issue, Noel figures to be a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt at Golden State.... See More ... See Less