Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-19 shots, 2-of-7 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals with just three turnovers in 39 minutes of Monday's 114-107 loss to the Pelicans.

This was Westbrook's first triple-double in his last nine games and first since Oct. 31. He's also doing a better job with the ball, totaling just five turnovers over his last two games. Westbrook has five triple-doubles on the season, which is a far cry from where we were a year ago, but chances are he's going to start racking them up again soon. Tonight was a good start, and despite some knocks on his play, Westbrook came into this one averaging 20.3 points, 6.8 boards, 7.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in the month of November.
Nov 20 - 11:01 PM

Paul George hit 9-of-17 shots, 6-of-10 3-pointers and 2-of-2 3-pointers for 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals in 36 minutes on Monday.

George, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook all tore it up tonight, but it wasn't enough against the Pelicans. George had a 13-point dud on Wednesday, but is still averaging 27.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 steals and 4.4 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games.
Nov 20 - 10:57 PM

Carmelo Anthony hit 7-of-19 shots and 2-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists and four steals in 35 minutes of Monday's 114-107 loss to the Pelicans.

Melo was good tonight, but the Thunder couldn't get the win despite strong play from most of its starting five. Melo is cooking in his last four, averaging 17.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting. It's safe to say he's found new life in OKC.
Nov 20 - 10:54 PM

Dakari Johnson was scoreless with one steal across three minutes in Friday's loss in San Antonio.

Johnson averaged 17.3 minutes per game over the past three outings, but Steven Adams (calf) is back and healthy after a brief absence and Jerami Grant was effective as the first option off the bench in the middle. Johnson's short-term fantasy appeal is over, and he is no longer worth a look as a cheap DFS option either.
Nov 18 - 12:32 AM

Jerami Grant finished with eight points and four rebounds across 14 minutes off the bench in Friday's 104-101 loss at San Antonio.

Grant's minutes were his second-lowest of the season, as he grabbed plenty of pine in this one with Carmelo Anthony (back) in there for a second straight game and Steven Adams (calf) returning from injury. He was still an impressive 4-of-6 from the floor when given the chance to play, but when the OKC starters are healthy Grant has a rather limited fantasy ceiling.
Nov 18 - 12:29 AM

Alex Abrines connected for nine points on 4-of-8 shooting across 18 minutes in Friday's road loss against the Spurs.

Abrines led all Thunder bench players in scoring, but that's about all he does for fantasy owners. He'll chip in with an occasional decent point total, but he doesn't contribute favorably in any other fantasy category. The 24-year-old isn't a terribly attractive option outside of deeper fantasy leagues.
Nov 18 - 12:27 AM

Patrick Patterson finished with six points, a rebound and an assist in Friday's loss in San Antonio.

Patterson connected for 2-of-3 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc, producing well in limited action when Carmelo Anthony and Paul George needed a spell. However, Patterson's fantasy upside is rather limited as long as Melo and PG-13 are healthy and available.
Nov 18 - 12:22 AM

Steven Adams (calf) was able to play in Friday's game San Antonio, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

Adams was very productive from the floor, hitting 6-of-8, although he did struggle by making just 4-of-7 from the charity stripe. With Adams back in action, Dakari Johnson was limited to just three minutes off the bench, while Jerami Grant saw just 14 minutes of run. Adams will look to keep up the good work on Monday at New Orleans, and he might catch a break by not having to face Anthony Davis (concussion).
Nov 18 - 12:18 AM

Russell Westbrook finished with 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in Friday's loss at San Antonio.

The final stat line, just short of another triple-double, doesn't look terribly impressive. However, he hit just 5-of-22 from the floor, including 0-of-4 on 3-pointers, and he posted an even rating with two turnovers. For whatever reason he is not terribly effective from inside the paint this season, but his overall production continues to make his fantasy owners pretty pleased.
Nov 18 - 12:16 AM

Paul George posted 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals across 42 minutes in Friday's 104-101 loss in San Antonio.

PG-13 has taking a bit of a step back after posting a combined 79 points in two games last Friday and Sunday. He has connected for just 31 points with eight turnovers while shooting just 29.0 percent (9-of-31) from the field. Still, there isn't much to worry about here, as he hasn't posted fewer than 20 points in three consecutive outings all season. Look for a bounce-back game Monday in New Orleans.
Nov 18 - 12:12 AM

Carmelo Anthony finished with 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot across 33 minutes Friday in San Antonio.

Melo did a pretty solid job, hitting 9-of-17 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and he turned it over just once. He entered the day with 20.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 0.9 BPG, so the outing was right on the mark as far as all of his season averages are concerned. It was a nice improvement over his 3-of-10 shooting performance Wednesday when he was making his return from a back ailment.
Nov 18 - 12:08 AM

Steven Adams (calf) will play Friday night vs. San Antonio.

Adams had missed three straight games. Coach Billy Donovan said that Adams will not have a specific minutes limit, but that Adams' playing time would be dependant upon how he felt during the game. With Adams back in the mix, Dakari Johnson will get bumped to the bench, and Jerami Grant will see his minutes reduced as well.
Nov 17 - 12:06 PM

Paul George cooled off on Wednesday with 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block and five turnovers in a game-high 37 minutes.

Carmelo Anthony returned from a one-game absence tonight, and the Bulls were trounced from the opening tip, so it was surprising that George even played this much. He was coming off 37- and 42-point efforts in OKC's past two games, and there's obviously nothing to be worried about here.
Nov 16 - 12:55 AM

Carmelo Anthony (back) returned on Wednesday with 18 points and 11 rebounds, making 3-of-10 FGs and 11-of-12 FTs in 28 minutes vs. the visiting Bulls.

Melo wound up missing just one game with back soreness. We'll keep an eye on him over the next week, but this shouldn't be a lingering issue. He's shooting just 34.9 percent in November, and his value is highly concentrated in scoring (16.8 points per game), threes (2.2) and rebounds (8.2). His shot will come back around, and as long as he's healthy there are no grounds for complaint.
Nov 16 - 12:55 AM

Dakari Johnson made another start on Wednesday, posting five points and one rebound in 12 minutes.

Steven Adams (calf) was out again tonight, but it was Jerami Grant earning most of the extra minutes -- he double-doubled in 35 minutes off the bench. Adams is just day-to-day and he did some 1-on-1 work during shootaround, so there's no long-term value here.
Nov 16 - 12:55 AM


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