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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 return to Monday's game against the Kings in the second half, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Abrines didn't check into the game during the first half, and the Thunder have confirmed that he won't take the court in the second half. Hamidou Diallo is expected to shoulder the load with Oklahoma City currently thin at shooting guard. Abrines figures to be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with 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
Thunder's Alex Abrines: Active for Monday's game
Abrines (illness) is active for Monday's game against the Kings, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Despite being active, Abrines will remain a game-time decision. Abrines has been struggling with the illness for the past week, but appears to be nearing a return. Raymond Felton and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot may see a bump in minutes if Abrines is unable to go.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Will play Monday
Westbrook (personal) is available to play and won't be on a minutes restriction Monday against Sacramento, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Westbrook hasn't played since Nov. 5 due to an ankle sprain and the birth of twin daughters, but he's been cleared to return to the court in Sacramento. He figures to rejoin the starting five and see his usual workload.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Hamidou Diallo: Draws another start Monday
Diallo will start Monday's contest against Sacramento, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Diallo is in line for his second straight start, even if Alex Abrines (illness) is cleared to take the court. Diallo scored just one point over 19 minutes Saturday, so he'll aim to do more on the offensive end in Sacramento.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Alex Abrines: Questionable to play Monday
Abrines (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against Sacramento, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Abrines was limited at practice Sunday as he continues to deal with an illness, and the Thunder will wait to make a call on his status until closer to game-time. Coach Billy Donovan indicated that, if Abrines is cleared, he could get the start at shooting guard in the absence of Terrance Ferguson (personal).... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Deonte Burton: On fringe of rotation
Burton has played in each of the Thunder's last three contests.
This isn't exactly breaking news, but Burton has totaled double-digit minutes in two consecutive games, playing 12 minutes against the Knicks last week and 10 minutes in Saturday's win over Phoenix. Burton will have a difficult time earning any sort of consistent spot in the rotation, but with Terrance Ferguson (personal) and Andre Roberson (knee) out -- and Alex Abrines (illness) questionable -- Monday, Burton could again see some deep bench minutes. Once that trio is healthy, however, Burton will likely sink back into a reduced role.... See More ... See Less
Thunder's Terrance Ferguson: Ruled out Monday
Ferguson (personal) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Kings, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Ferguson will miss a second straight game as he continues to tend to a personal matter. In his absence, Alex Abrines (illness), Hamidou Diallo and Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot are all candidates to see added minutes.... See More ... See Less