Player News - Thunder

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Paul George (hip) had 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 43 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday, going 6-of-21 from the field and 4-of-12 from downtown.

George aggravated a hip/pelvis injury during Game 1 but his status was never in doubt. He was averaging 38.0 points on red-hot shooting in his previous two games, including the regular-season finale, but just couldn't find the range tonight in a tough 102-95 home loss. The Thunder will try to reclaim the series lead in Utah on Saturday.
Apr 18 - 10:55 PM

Russell Westbrook posted 19 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds, and four steals in 37 minutes during OKC's Game 2 loss on Wednesday.

Westbrook has averaged a triple-double for two consecutive seasons, so we're numb to his gaudy stat lines -- even in a postseason game vs. an elite defense. He shot 7-of-19 from the field tonight but was 3-of-4 at the line with a pair of 3-pointers, and did enough to hit value in most DFS leagues despite his sky-high price.
Apr 18 - 10:54 PM

Steven Adams (hand) fouled out of Game 2 with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 22 minutes.

Adams began the game with a wrap around his right wrist and he was icing his arm throughout the game, presumably stemming from a play late in Game 1 when he hit his hand on the rim during a dunk. The injury was obviously bothering him, but coach Billy Donovan again dismissed any concerns and said he'll be fine for Game 3. We'll keep a close eye on his status but it would be shocking if he missed any time.
Apr 18 - 10:53 PM

Paul George (hip) will start Wednesday's game, as expected.

George was technically a game-time decision but his status was never truly in doubt. He dropped 36 points in Game 1 and should be a focal point of Utah's defensive plans tonight.
Apr 18 - 7:20 PM

Paul George (hip) is expected to play against the Jazz in Game 2 on Wednesday.

No surprise here and he's been expected to play all day. George was limited in shootaround, but there's no need to worry too much. Playoff P himself said he expects the Jazz to adjust to him after his big 36-point Game 1.
Apr 18 - 6:29 PM

Corey Brewer is good to go for Game 2 on Wednesday.

He was reportedly at 80 percent for Game 1, but still played 34 minutes. Brewer should be looking at a similar workload and he will make his money in transition.
Apr 18 - 6:27 PM

Paul George (bruised right hip) was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday and Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he's questionable for Game 2.

"[George] did some things in practice, but not much," Donovan said. "We’ll probably see where he’s at after shootaround [Wednesday] and probably evaluate him going into the game." After going off for 36 points on Sunday, George said he had aggravated an injury he suffered vs. the Hawks on Mar. 13, but added that he'll "never sit out playoff games." Despite his confidence, he remains questionable pending Wednesday's shootaround.
Apr 17 - 6:16 PM

Paul George (right hip contusion) didn't take contact during Tuesday's practice.

George was also limited to non-contact practice on Monday, but he's downplayed the severity of his injury, saying, he'll "never sit out playoff games." It would be shocking if PG-13 sat out Game 2 on Wednesday.
Apr 17 - 2:39 PM

Paul George (right hip contusion) practiced on Monday.

Coach Billy Donovan said it was a non-contact practice, so this doesn't mean much. George is supposed to be re-evaluated on Monday, but this is all we know so far. For what it's worth, George said on Sunday that he will be ready for Game 2.
Apr 16 - 1:47 PM

Steven Adams is reportedly "fine" after hurting his right hand while dunking in the fourth quarter of Game 1 on Sunday.

The Thunder added that there's "nothing to worry about," so we'll take him off the injury report for Wednesday's Game 2 matchup vs. the Jazz. Adams finished Sunday's game with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, but he held his own vs. Rudy Gobert and his impact was greater than the stat line suggests.
Apr 15 - 9:50 PM

Paul George (right hip contusion) will be reevaluated on Monday, but he said he'll be ready to go for Game 2.

George was scintillating in Game 1 with 36 points and eight 3-pointers, and we're only leaving him on the injury report out of an abundance of caution. George said it was an aggravation of an injury he suffered vs. Atlanta, apparently referencing the pelvic strain he suffered on Mar. 13. He didn't miss any time with that injury and said he will "never sit out playoff games," so all signs point to him playing his usual role.
Apr 15 - 9:42 PM

Carmelo Anthony had 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes vs. the Jazz on Sunday.

Melo shot 5-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and more offense wasn't needed with Paul George (36 points) and Russell Westbrook (29 points) carrying the load. The takeaway for playoff fantasy leagues is that Melo filled up the defense stats -- he didn't have more than four combined steals and blocks in any game during the regular season.
Apr 15 - 9:15 PM

Steven Adams finished Game 1 with 12 points (4-of-9 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes, helping the Thunder take a 1-0 series lead vs. the Jazz.

The only caveat is that Adams appeared to injure his right hand/wrist after a dunk in the fourth quarter -- we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution, but he should be fine for Game 2. His rebounding and paint presence are a key in this series, though we're not expecting to see any offensive fireworks -- Rudy Gobert led all qualifying players in Defensive Rating this season, allowing 97.7 points per 100 possessions while he was on the court. OKC will be more than satisfied if Adams can play the matchup to a draw.
Apr 15 - 9:14 PM

Corey Brewer (knee) finished OKC's Game 1 win with seven points, three rebounds, two steals, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes of action.

Brewer limped off with a right knee sprain during the season finale last Wednesday, but he looked fine despite a heavy workload tonight. Oklahoma City went 11-5 in games Brewer started during the regular season, and he provides a defensive presence while also stretching the court and thriving in transition, so it's great to see him healthy for the playoffs.
Apr 15 - 9:14 PM

Alex Abrines (concussion) scored 11 points in 21 minutes on Sunday, making 4-of-7 shots with three 3-pointers, two rebounds and one turnover.

Abrines didn't play in the regular-season finale vs. Memphis on Wednesday, but his hot shooting from downtown helped buoy a strong bench effort -- the Thunder fell behind 16-4 to begin the game, but once they took the lead they never relinquished it. Despite tonight's line, OKC's offensive usage is so heavily concentrated in the starters that it's impossible to trust Abrines for DFS value.
Apr 15 - 9:13 PM


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