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Russell Westbrook (personal) is listed 'out' for Monday's game vs. Sacramento.

Westbrook and his wife just welcomed the birth of twin daughters, so he'll take more time to spend with his expanded family. Dennis Schroder gets another opportunity to shine with big minutes as the starting PG, but Westbrook could return as soon as Wednesday vs. Golden State.
Nov 18 - 7:06 PM

Alex Abrines (illness) was seen back at practice shooting and participating in non-contact drills on Sunday.

Abrines has missed a game and a half due illness, so it's nice to see him back at practice. Terrance Ferguson (personal) isn't practicing and has no timetable for a return, setting up Abrines for some extra minutes in Monday's game if he does indeed return.
Nov 18 - 2:31 PM

Terrance Ferguson (personal) is not practicing Sunday and currently has no timetable for a return.

Hopefully everything is OK with Ferguson and his family. Hamidou Diallo started in his absence on Saturday with Alex Abrines also out. The Thunder play next on Monday against the Kings.
Nov 18 - 2:23 PM

Russell Westbrook (personal) is not practicing on Sunday and there is currently no timetable for his return.

Hopefully everything is OK with Westbrook and family. Coach Billy Donovan said that they didn't know if Russ would've even been physically able to play on Saturday if he was there and they never got to the point where they tried to test him to find out. He had basically done everything in Friday's practice and was trending towards playing, according to Donovan. Dennis Schroder will continue to start as long as Russ is out. The Thunder play next against the Kings on Monday. Stay tuned.
Nov 18 - 2:20 PM

Paul George lit up the Suns with 32 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks during Saturday's road win.

George made 9-of-22 FGs and 11-of-11 FTs tonight, with three 3-pointers. He's scored 32+ points in three straight games and his fantasy owners are loving life without Russell Westbrook, who could return as soon as Monday. We're not even two weeks removed from the revelation that he's playing through a nerve condition in his left foot, which he called 'dead foot', but his elite fantasy value is alive and well.
Nov 18 - 12:10 AM

Steven Adams feasted on Saturday with 26 points (11-of-15 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), 10 rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes.

Adams fell one point shy of his career high in scoring and rookie Deandre Ayton couldn't do much to keep him out of the paint -- five of Adams' boards were on the offensive glass. He's simply cruising over the past five games with 20.4 points on 68.8% shooting, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. He's not blocking many shots lately but owners can't complain in light of his overall production.
Nov 18 - 12:06 AM

Nerlens Noel chipped in four points, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 11 minutes vs. Phoenix on Saturday.

This typifies Noel's play for OKC this season. Very low minutes, stats that won't jump out, yet he still finds a way to satisfy fantasy owners with efficiency, defensive stats and some boards. He's just a borderline specialist but makes a terrific handcuff for Steven Adams owners.
Nov 18 - 12:05 AM

Dennis Schroder had 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting, seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes vs. the Suns on Saturday.

Russell Westbrook was out for personal reasons and we're considering him day-to-day. The key is that he went through shootaround and appears to be over the sprained ankle that cost him the previous five games. Schroder's splits as a reserve are worse in most respects, including scoring (-2.2 points), rebounds (-1.8), assists (-1.0), steals (-0.8) and blocks (-0.4). The free ride for fantasy owners is about to end.
Nov 18 - 12:04 AM

Hamidou Diallo was held to one point with four rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes during the first start of his NBA career on Saturday.

Terrance Ferguson (personal) and Alex Abrines (illness) were both out tonight, so OKC turned to Diallo to pick up some of the slack. He was an afterthought offensively and only took one shot, but we never expected to see much scoring. The Thunder are cruising at 10-5 despite Russell Westbrook's frequent DNPs, which means Diallo isn't likely to be 'unleashed' any time soon.
Nov 18 - 12:04 AM

Hamidou Diallo will get his first NBA start against the Suns on Saturday.

Terrence Ferguson is not going to play, so Diallo gets his first shot with little depth behind him. Diallo has been playing some good ball and is coming off a career-high 11 points on Wednesday, so the strong play could be a factor. Diallo can fill it up in multiple categories with some nice steals numbers, but he's only an add in deep leagues for now. He won't be asked to score much.
Nov 17 - 7:45 PM

Alex Abrines (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Suns.

Abrines sat out the second half of the Thunder's last game on Wednesday, missed practice on Friday, and is still not quite ready to return on Saturday. Hamidou Diallo will see the bulk of the minutes with Abrines and Terrance Ferguson (personal) out.
Nov 17 - 7:44 PM

Russell Westbrook (personal) will not play against the Suns on Saturday.

It's a surprise that he's being held out for personal reasons and hopefully everything is OK with Westbrook. He went through shootaround today and it sounds like this could be his last game out of the lineup due to an ankle sprain. Dennis Schroder gets another start while the Thunder will have plenty of usage to go around.
Nov 17 - 7:40 PM

Russell Westbrook (ankle) participated in shootaround, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Suns is uncertain.

Westbrook, who has missed each of the Thunder's previous five contests, is listed as "out" on the injury report. However, he was able to take part in practice on Friday, including part of the contact portions, and was able to shoot around with the team Saturday morning. The Thunder and Suns tip off at 9:00 pm EST, so we should have a definitive update on his status by 7:30, when coach Billy Donovan speaks with the media.
Nov 17 - 2:11 PM

Russell Westbrook (ankle) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

Although Russ was able to practice with the team on Friday, he is expected to miss his sixth straight contest. Assuming Westbrook is unable to play, Dennis Schroder will draw another start. Over OKC's last five games, Schroder is averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 17 - 1:51 PM

Terrance Ferguson (personal) will not play Saturday vs. the Suns.

Despite starting all 14 games for OKC this season, Ferguson is averaging just 4.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 22.4 minutes. Alex Abrines (illness) is battling a cold, which may allow promising rookie Hamidou Diallo to see heavy minutes at SG on Saturday.
Nov 17 - 1:47 PM


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