Player News - Thunder

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Russell Westbrook made 4-of-15 from the field for 15 points during a 112-80 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

OKC had a brutal offensive night with their season-low in points and FG%. As for Westbrook, he's back to having some efficiency issues again with four straight games under his season 44.2 FG%. Not coincidentally, he is taking more 3-pointers and he's not making them to pull him down, so that explains it. Westbrook is still feasting on the stat sheet in his triple-double categories, so he's doing just fine as DFS's best scorer. Not so much in nine-cat leagues, though.
Feb 24 - 10:58 PM

Paul George made just 1-of-14 from the field for five points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

Yikes. George lit up the Warriors back on Feb. 6 with his 38 points in a big win at Oracle, but he was in bizarro world today. The Thunder struggled to get their offense going early with PG and Russell Westbrook failing to get into a rhythm. George was one of the hottest players in fantasy hoops before this dud, so expect him to rebound against the Magic on Monday.
Feb 24 - 10:57 PM

Russell Westbrook hit a buzzer-beating jumper to defeat the Kings 110-107 on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 15 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

He was open for a 3-pointer near the top of the key for one of the flattest triples you'll see this season, but it still counts for three. Before the game-winner, this was the 33rd time he's posted a triple-double before the fourth quarter in his career, and he had plenty of time to spare with it coming at the 7:04 mark in third quarter. Westbrook is up to 97 career triple-doubles and he'll likely be at 100 in the next couple weeks. He's not going to have the historic year like his MVP 2016-17 campaign, but Westbrook has been better after a slow start a couple months ago.
Feb 23 - 1:13 AM

Josh Huestis made a start at shooting guard against the Kings on Thursday, scoring two points with two rebounds in 14 minutes.

Even with the OKC first unit scoring a bunch in the first quarter, Huestis was not really involved in the offense. Even if he does continue to start, he's not going to produce enough stats to be worthy of a scoop in most fantasy leagues.
Feb 23 - 1:11 AM

Alex Abrines (hip) scored three points with one steal in six minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

He came off the bench with coach Billy Donovan going with Josh Huestis to start. Donovan has talked about how he likes consistency in his second unit, so maybe this lineup sticks. Abrines is only a 3-pointers specialist in very deep leagues.
Feb 23 - 1:11 AM

Paul George scored 26 points in a win over the Kings on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He did most of his damage in the first quarter as the Thunder got out to a huge 44-21 lead after one. However, OKC scored just 41 points in the second and third quarter to eventually blow that lead in the third quarter. George was on a tear to start the month with 29.6 points per game in his previous February outings, so he's set up for a monster finish.
Feb 23 - 1:02 AM

Steven Adams scored 18 points with 11 boards against the Kings on Thursday.

He did look to suffer a back or shoulder issue when he collided with Willie Cauley-Stein in the second half. After a trip to the locker room, Adams did return and he looked fine for the most part except for occasionally dragging his left arm. He closed this game out and he should be OK for the next one.
Feb 23 - 12:58 AM

Josh Huestis will start on Thursday vs. Sacramento.

The Thunder go with a lengthly lineup here, but this could have a little to do with Alex Abrines' hip injury from last week. Huestis likely won't be getting many shots and he's probably looking at around 20-24 minutes, so he's not going to have much fantasy value. There's a chance this lineup could stick, though.
Feb 22 - 8:45 PM

Alex Abrines (left hip contusion) participated in non-contact work on Tuesday and went through full practice on Wednesday with no restrictions.

That should put him on track to play against the Kings on Thursday. Abrines suffered the injury on Feb. 14 before the All-Star break, but it sounds like it's a minor ailment. He'll be looking at minutes in the low 20s and only has value in very deep leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:56 PM

Paul George said he's not interested in playing for "multiple teams" throughout his career.

"The decision I make will ultimately be to build something," said George of his upcoming free agency. "So, this next decision, whatever it is, is to make sure I'm there for a duration." PG-13 will be one of the biggest names to hit the open market this summer, and with L.A. roots and the Lakers having the ability to sign two max players this summer, Los Angeles could be an option. However, OKC is hoping that a deep playoff run will entice him to re-up there. We're in for a fun offseason.
Source: Oklahoman
Feb 18 - 4:28 PM

Paul George hinted he knows what he'll do this offseason.

To clarify, George was asked if he knows what he'll do this summer. "I don't," he said. "I know what I feel is best." So if he knows it, does he have an idea of his plan? Russell Westbrook also suggested that he thinks PG is going to stay, so this will obviously be a huge story this summer.
Feb 17 - 6:15 PM

Russell Westbrook played again on Wednesday and hit 6-of-14 shots and 11-of-12 free throws for 23 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.

He was 0-for-4 from downtown, but notched his 17th triple-double of the season, while he's missed several others by just a point, rebound or assist. The Thunder are the currently the No. 5 seed in the West, but sit just one game ahead of the Nuggets, Pelicans and Blazers, while the Clippers are just 1.5 games back, and the Jazz are 2.5 games back. Westbrook is going to have to continue to play at a high level while they chase the Timberwolves and Spurs, and try to hold off all the pursuers. Westbrook's ankle appears to be fine and he'll hopefully be able to get a little rest during the All-Star break.
Feb 14 - 11:54 PM

Steven Adams hit 4-of-9 shots for 11 points, four rebounds and a block in 31 minutes of Wednesday's 121-114 win over the Grizzlies.

Adams went nuts on Tuesday with 22 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block in 42 minutes, and we told you it might be a good time to sell high. He was simply pedestrian tonight, but is still one of the more reliable centers in fantasy this season. But it's hard to see him being as good as he was on Tuesday again this season.
Feb 14 - 11:47 PM

Paul George hit 10-of-15 shots and 6-of-9 3-pointers for 28 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 38 minutes, recording an incredibly efficient line in Wednesday's 121-114 win over the Grizzlies.

Carmelo Anthony could learn something from PG-13's efficiency, and hit 7-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points and almost nothing else. George has blended in nicely with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have a slew of teams sniffing their tails for a playoff berth in the West. George needs to continue to play at a high level if the Thunder are going to survive, so look for more big lines coming his way going forward. The Nuggets, Pelicans and Blazers are just one game back of the No. 5 Thunder, while the Clippers and Jazz are also in striking distance.
Feb 14 - 11:44 PM

Alex Abrines (left hip contusion) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

The Thunder are getting a little thin at shooting guard with Andre Roberson (knee) already out, so they may have to go bigger with more Jerami Grant and Josh Huestis. Grant is already on the radar as a pickup, so give him a look if his defense-first style suits you.
Feb 14 - 9:29 PM


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