Player News - Thunder

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Steven Adams double-doubled on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, finishing with 12 points, 10 boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

The idea of Kendrick Perkins challenging his spot in the starting lineup is laughable, and Adams could see closer to 30 minutes per game as the season progresses. If you are in need of a big who can block and rebound, Adams is worth a look, just don't expect too much.
Dec 21 - 10:43 PM

Perry Jones scored 12 points in the starting lineup on Sunday, adding four boards, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Kevin Durant (ankle) should return any day now, but Jones will be worth a look in deeper leagues if KD continues to miss time. Owners in standard leagues can probably do much better.
Dec 21 - 10:38 PM

Kendrick Perkins (knee contusion) returned to action on Sunday, but played just 14 minutes and finished with four points and five boards.

Steven Adams is the center to own in Oklahoma City, and Perkins likely won't see more than 20 minutes on any given night. Leaving him on the waiver wire sounds like a pretty good idea.
Dec 21 - 10:35 PM

Russell Westbrook dropped 29 points on 10-of-27 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding eight assists, five boards and three steals in 35 minutes.

He was criticized for not passing the ball enough during Sunday's loss, but it is tough to blame him given how well he has played this season. "When we won eight in a row nobody said nothing about not passing," Westbrook said. "so I don't want to hear it now." Westbrook has been playing at an MVP level, and he has earned the right to shoot at will, especially with Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined. Expect Westbrook to answer his critics and take out his frustration against Portland on Tuesday.
Dec 21 - 10:30 PM

Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with just six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

Remember when the Thunder opted to keep Serge Ibaka over James Harden? Well it doesn't seem like it worked out too great for them as Ibaka has regressed in a big way this season. To be fair, he was matched up against Anthony Davis Sunday, but he has lacked consistency all season. Hopefully Ibaka gets it turned around at some point, but the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing.
Dec 21 - 10:20 PM

Kendrick Perkins (knee contusion) said that he will play Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

Perkins is averaging 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds this season, so he's not an option in most leagues.
Dec 21 - 6:08 PM

Kendrick Perkins (knee contusion) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans.

If Perkins is unable to go, Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka, and Nick Collison will see some extended minutes, with Adams and Ibaka offering the most upside.

Perry Jones will start at SF for the Thunder on Sunday with Kevin Durant (ankle) unavailable.

A start for Jones doesn't necessarily mean that he'll have fantasy value, as he finished Friday's win vs. the Lakers scoreless without any stats to his credit in 12 minutes of action. When asked whether he needs more production from Jones as a starter, coach Scott Brooks replied, "Yeah ... yeah."
Dec 21 - 5:38 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Perry Jones will draw the start.

With Durant sidelined, expect Russell Westbrook to have another big game, and he'll make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson will also be asked to step up, however Jones didn't do much with his last start, so he'll be a risky option in dailies. We'll be considering Durant questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

Kevin Durant's (ankle) status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, and coach Scott Brooks will make a decision about 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

Durant's owners are just thankful that he has a shot to play in this one and that he didn't suffer a setback with his foot. Check back for official confirmation before deploying him in lineups, and expect Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones to pick up the slack if KD sits. Stay tuned.
Dec 21 - 12:46 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) has not been officially ruled out of Sunday's game, according to beat writer Anthony Slater.

A Pelicans writer previously reported that Durant had been ruled out, but it sounds as though he's closer to questionable. Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones would gain the most if Durant misses another game, but owners should check back for the latest after OKC's shootaround.
Dec 20 - 6:15 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

This is a little bit of a surprise considering he was ruled out until a few hours before on Friday. Still, Durant's injury was scary and the Thunder are still going to have Russell Westbrook. Reggie Jackson will likely benefit most while the rest of the wing guys just help out.
Dec 20 - 2:09 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation.
Dec 20 - 2:31 AM

Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's win over the Lakers.

Adams has a bunch of fantasy deficiencies and he needs to do this a bunch of times in a row before we latch onto him in standard formats.
Dec 20 - 2:29 AM

Reggie Jackson busted out of his slump on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes off the bench.

Yes, Kevin Durant was out and yes this came against the Lakers, but it's probably just good for Jackson to see the ball go through the hoop. It sure seems like the Thunder are going out of their way to let Jackson know what the pecking order is in OKC now that the guys are back, but tonight's output is a reminder of both his short-term value and long-term value in the event one of the Thunder's big guns gets hurt again.
Dec 20 - 2:28 AM


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