Player News - Thunder

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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

Jerami Grant played 21 minutes off the bench and hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Cavs.

Grant had been playing well with Carmelo Anthony out for most of the previous three games with an ankle injury, and remained relevant tonight, even with Melo back in action. However, Melo, Paul George, Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook are all back and healthy, meaning it will be tough for Grant to maintain his fantasy value going forward. Cutting him for a hot free agent makes sense, even though he was serviceable in this one.
Feb 13 - 11:44 PM

Russell Westbrook was back from his sore ankle on Tuesday and hit 7-of-19 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 21 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in a 120-112 loss to the Cavaliers.

Westy missed his previous two games, but wasn't on a minutes limit tonight and is fully expected to play again on Wednesday. He didn't have a 3-pointer tonight and his shot wasn't exactly sharp, but at least he's back. Paul George managed to score 25 points with a nice line, even with Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony back from their two-game hiatus.
Feb 13 - 11:40 PM

Steven Adams hit 8-of-12 shots and 6-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block in 42 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers.

The boards were a season-high best for Adams and the points represented one of his better offensive games of the season, as well. The Cavs can be had at center and Adams took full advantage tonight, but it'll be hard for him to score like this now that Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are all healthy again.
Feb 13 - 11:37 PM

Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with an ankle injury and hit 10-of-22 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 120-112 loss to the Cavs.

This was his highest-scoring game since he had 29 on Jan. 20, and this was just his second 20-point game since then. Melo's not the most trustworthy guy in fantasy, but played well tonight and is still a big part of what the Thunder do. If he was dumped in your league while he was out for most of the last three games, he's probably worth grabbing.
Feb 13 - 11:34 PM

Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. the Cavs.

Anthony has missed two straight games, but will be back in the starting lineup vs. Cleveland. Coach Billy Donovan said that there will be no minutes restrictions on Melo Tuesday night, and that he expects Anthony to play Wednesday vs. Memphis as well. Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson will see their minutes reduced with Melo back in the mix.
Feb 13 - 6:24 PM

Coach Billy Donovan said that both Russell Westbrook (ankle) and Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. Cleveland.

Great news for Westbrook owners, as not only will Russ start on Tuesday, but coach Donovan also said that Westbrook will not have a minutes restriction. In addition, both Westbrook and Melo are expected to play Wednesday vs. Memphis as well. Make sure Russ is locked and loaded in fantasy lineups this evening. Raymond Felton will get bumped back to the bench as well as Patrick Patterson.
Feb 13 - 6:22 PM

Carmelo Anthony (ankle) went through shootaround and is a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest vs. the Cavs.

Anthony has missed two straight games but has a chance to return to action on Tuesday, which is the front end of a back-to-back for the Thunder. Tuesday's game tips off at 8:00 pm EST, so we should have a definitive update on his status at approximately 6:30 pm. Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson will continue to see additional minutes if Melo is unable to play.
Feb 13 - 12:41 PM

Russell Westbrook (ankle) and Carmelo Anthony (ankle) both went through shootaround but will be game-time decisions for Tuesday's matchup vs. Cleveland.

Both Westbrook and Melo have each missed the last two games; however, they appear to be trending in the right direction. Westbrook practiced on Monday, although most of it was non-contact work. It is also important to note that Tuesday is the front end of a back-to-back for OKC, as they also play Wednesday vs. Memphis. Then, they have a full week off before returning to action February 22nd. Raymond Felton will draw another start if Westbrook is ruled out.
Feb 13 - 12:34 PM

Carmelo Anthony (ankle) made it through a light practice on Monday.

Most of the practice was non-contact work and coach Billy Donovan wouldn't commit to Melo playing on Tuesday vs. the Cavaliers. He will go through the morning shootaround, so that's when his owners can expect an update. Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson will hold down the fort if Melo can't go.
Feb 12 - 2:23 PM

Russell Westbrook (ankle) practiced on Monday, but most of it was non-contact work.

This is a good sign after Westbrook sat out of OKC's last two games. Coach Billy Donovan didn't update Westbrook's status for Tuesday's game vs. the Cavaliers, but added that it will be determined after the morning shootaround. If he's out, expect Paul George to carry the Thunder with Raymond Felton providing low-end fantasy numbers as the fill-in starter.
Feb 12 - 2:21 PM

Jerami Grant scored 14 points across 25 minutes off the bench in Sunday's win against the Grizzlies.

Grant hit 4-of-7 from the field, including 1-of-2 from behind the 3-point line, as he was called upon for a bigger role behind starter Patrick Patterson with Carmelo Anthony (ankle) on the shelf. While he posted a solid plus-20 rating off the bench, his fantasy appeal still remains rather limited in most formats.
Feb 11 - 11:31 PM


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