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Andre Roberson's (ankle) status for Wednesday's game against the Pacers remains uncertain.

Coach Billy Donovan did say that Roberson did "a little bit of light shooting" at Tuesday's practice. Alex Abrines started for OKC on Monday and finished with 12 points and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
Dec 12 - 1:56 PM

Russell Westbrook hit 10-of-22 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-9 3-pointers for 30 points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 36 minutes of Monday's ugly loss to the Hornets.

Westbrook played very well, committing season-low tying two turnovers on the night, and he's totaled just eight Pos over his last three games. And considering he had seven TOs in four straight games before that streak started, we'd say he's making some serious progress there. He's scored at least 30 points in three of his last four, but any MVP talk isn't going to happen unless the 12-14 Thunder turn things around and start winning games in bunches.
Dec 11 - 11:03 PM

Carmelo Anthony hit 5-of-12 shots for just 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, a block and a 3-pointer in 34 minutes of Monday's blowout loss to the Hornets.

Melo was a brutal -21 in the +/- department tonight, meaning the Hornets went on quite a run when he was on the court tonight. Melo has scored 14 or fewer points in four of his last five games, and his 21-point performance on Saturday came when Paul George was in street clothes on Saturday. Melo hasn't shot at least 50 percent in a game since Dec. 1, and his shooting woes are the reason the rest of his numbers don't look too good. Russell Westbrook, Melo and George are all still trying to figure out how to play with each other, as OKC's disappointing season (12-14) continues..
Dec 11 - 10:59 PM

Paul George hit 7-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steals in 34 minutes on Monday after missing a couple games with a calf injury.

George looked pretty good, although the same can't be said for the Thunder, who have lost to the Hornets and Nets in the last four days. His calf injury appears to be behind him and owners should plan on starting him again until further notice.
Dec 11 - 10:55 PM

Alex Abrines will remain in the starting lineup on Monday vs. Charlotte.

Paul George (calf) is returning tonight, but Andre Roberson is out with a left ankle sprain. Abrines is coming off a big 20-point performance with six 3-pointers, but his upside won't be as high with all three superstars active for the Thunder.
Dec 11 - 7:42 PM

Paul George (calf) will be in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Hornets.

He'll be returning from a two-game absence, and there's been no word on any sort of minutes limit, so go ahead and get him active. With PG-13 back in action, there won't be as much opportunity on offense for Carmelo Anthony and Alex Abrines.
Dec 11 - 6:41 PM

Andre Roberson (ankle) will not play Monday vs. Charlotte.

Billy Donovan won't announce who will move into the starting lineup with Roberson unavailable until we're closer to tip-off, but Alex Abrines has played well sans Paul George (calf) over the past two, so he'll likely be the guy that gets the call. The Thunder play again on Wednesday in Indiana, and for now, we'll be considering Roberson questionable for that one.
Dec 11 - 6:33 PM

Updating a previous report, Paul George (calf) is going through some drills at Monday's morning shootaround.

The previous report was that George wasn't at the shootaround, but that's no longer the case (maybe he was late due to treatment). He's still considered questionable to play on Monday vs. the Hornets and is probably going to be a game-time call. As previously noted, Alex Abrines will be a streaming option if George sits after scoring 20 points with six 3-pointers in his last game.
Dec 11 - 12:26 PM

Paul George (calf) did not go through Monday's morning shootaround.

George wasn't on the court, but that likely means he was receiving treatment. The Thunder are calling this is a "wait and see" situation, and it sounds like he's shaping up to be a game-time call against the Hornets. If George misses his third straight game, Alex Abrines will have some streaming appeal after scoring 20 points with six 3-pointers in his last outing.
Dec 11 - 12:14 PM

Paul George (calf) is officially listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

For what it's worth, George did say that he expects to play after a productive day of rehab on Sunday. A player's optimism is never the final word, of course, OKC could play it safe here, but we'll know more after shootaround.
Dec 10 - 7:42 PM

Andre Roberson (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

It's unclear when Roberson hurt himself, and we're unlikely to know more until OKC wraps up shootaround in the afternoon. If he can't suit up, expect Alex Abrines, Raymond Felton and Kyle Singler to earn more playing time.
Dec 10 - 7:09 PM

Paul George (calf) said he had a good day of rehab on Sunday and he expects to play Monday vs. the Hornets.

George missed Saturday's game with the minor calf issue, but it would be surprising to see this thing turn into a multi-game absence. We should get another update following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he is able to get back out there, Alex Abrines' value will take a massive hit with the move back to the second unit.
Dec 10 - 5:35 PM

Jerami Grant (hip) was able to play in Saturday's game in Memphis, but he finished scoreless across 12 minutes.

Grant was 0-of-3 from the floor and he clearly wasn't himself thanks to a left hip contusion. He has the opportunity to play more minutes with Paul George (calf) on the shelf due to injury, but he isn't 100 percent himself. As such, Alex Abrines slid into the starting five and he excelled with 20 points. It appears it will be Abrines, not Grant, with short-term fantasy appeal until PG13 is ready to return.
Dec 10 - 12:16 AM

Steven Adams tied for a team-high 21 points in Saturday's overtime victory on the road against the Grizzlies.

Adams was a very efficient 7-of-11 from the field while adding nine rebounds and a blocked shot across 43 minutes. He is shooting an impressive 70.6 percent (41-of-58) through five games in the month of December, averaging 19.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. Adams continues to crush his average draft position thanks to his outstanding work on the boards and good shooting percentage, although he continues to struggle at the free-throw line.
Dec 10 - 12:09 AM

Alex Abrines ended up with 20 points in a start Saturday in a 102-101 overtime win in Memphis.

Abrines was making the start with Paul George (calf) on the shelf, and he finished with four rebounds and two steals while hitting 7-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-8 from behind the arc. He was making the start with Jerami Grant (hip) limited due to a hip injury and he certainly made the most of his chance. Despite the big performance he has only short-term fantasy appeal, as his minutes will shrink dramatically once George is healthy enough to return.
Dec 10 - 12:06 AM


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