March 17, 2019, 4:54 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook has been suspended one game for picking up his 16th technical foul of the season and will miss Monday's game as a result.
There was some hope that the league might rescind the tech from last night, but no dice. The suspension is automatic, and Westbrook will be suspended for each pair of technical fouls he receives from now until the end of the regular season. This puts fantasy owners in a major bind as Westbrook will only have two games next week. Dennis Schroder is the big beneficiary in terms of playing time, while Raymond Felton slides into the backup role and OKC's other players divvy up Westbrook's gargantuan usage.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 17, 2019, 12:15 amPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George was the lone bright spot for the Thunder in Saturday's 88-110 beatdown at the hands of the Warriors, scoring 29 points to go with 13 rebounds, two assists, a steal and four 3-pointers.
It wasn't all good news as PG went 9-of-25 from the field and 7-of-11 from deep, but he was the only OKC player to top 20 points tonight and just one of two to exceed 11 points (Dennis Schroder had 15). The blowout means a lot of the Thunder was reduced to a low rumble, with Steven Adams going for 9 & 9 with two blocks and Jerami Grant scoring 11 points with three triples.
March 17, 2019, 12:13 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook had an awful game on Saturday night, going 2-for-16 from the field and picking up his 16th technical foul of the season, which brings an automatic one-game suspension.
There's a chance that the NBA rescinds tonight's tech but for now we're expecting Westbrook to miss Monday's game. That's bad news for fantasy owners with the Thunder looking at a three-game week to begin with. Westbrook finished tonight's game with seven points, eight rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and four turnovers.
March 14, 2019, 9:46 pmMarkieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Markieff Morris scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting while adding three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on Thursday.
Morris was initially ruled out for tonight's game due to neck soreness, but played and produced a decent line in 17 minutes. His role is too small on the Thunder to have any fantasy appeal and it doesn't look like he's fully in tune with their defense either.
March 14, 2019, 9:39 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook scored 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting while adding 14 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer against the Pacers on Thursday.
It was his 131rd triple-double of his career which is third all-time behind Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. Westbrook has been shouldering the load for OKC during Paul George's shooting slump and even with George regaining his shooting form tonight, Westbrook has maintained his. Even though he missed the go-ahead 3-pointer at the buzzer, he's been hot shooting the ball recently and for playoff leagues, he's heating up at the perfect time.
March 14, 2019, 9:37 pmPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George returned to form on Thursday, scoring 36 points on 10-of-23 shooting while chipping in six rebounds, five assists, two steals and six triples.
George was getting into a bit of a rhythm against the Nets in Wednesday's game and tonight he kept the momentum going. He had his worst shooting stretch of the season heading into this week but has dispelled all worry with the past two games. He's stepping into his shot with confidence and delivered clutch buckets down the stretch against his former team, but had a costly turnover against Wesley Matthews near the end of the game. Even with that blemish, owners should rest easy knowing that PG's shooting stroke has returned.
March 14, 2019, 9:36 pmSteven Adams - C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams scored 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting while adding eight rebounds and an assist on Thursday.
It was a tough matchup for Adams as he had to battle against either Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner all night (sometimes both simultaneously) but in usual Adams fashion, he held his own. Carry on as you normally would with one of the most dependable bigs in the league.
March 14, 2019, 9:35 pmJerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant scored three points on 1-of-4 shooting but added two rebounds, an assist, two steals and two blocks on Thursday.
Grant's offense has taken a bit of a nosedive over the past two weeks and tonight was no exception. He didn't touch the ball much and even when he did there wasn't much he was doing with it, but he brought the defense in a big way tonight to make up for it. With how the Thunder offense is shaking out you'll want to temper your expectations on Grant's numbers on that end but the defense should remain steady.
March 14, 2019, 1:53 pmMarkieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Markieff Morris (neck soreness) is out for Thursday's game vs. Pacers.
Jerami Grant should see a few extra minutes against the Pacers, while Patrick Patterson should get minutes in the teens as the backup power forward. Patterson is unlikely to have any value in this role.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
March 13, 2019, 10:32 pmPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George said that his left shoulder took a hit recently and that's why it was taped and he was icing during Wednesday's game but also said that it was just bruised and that it was nothing all that serious.
It was right shoulder soreness that kept PG13 sidelined and consequently struggling post-return, so it's not too good to hear that his left shoulder is banged up as well. He did post 25 points and a full line on Wednesday, so hopefully he'll be able to power through the rest of the season.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 13, 2019, 10:03 pmPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George shook off his shooting slump in a big way in Wednesday's 108-96 win over the Nets with 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting.
George, who has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury, did more than just score as he also chipped in nine rebounds, three assists, three triples, two steals and two blocks to round out his line for he night. That's more like it. This is the top-5 Paul George we were used to seeing prior to his shoulder injury. Hopefully, it's a good omen that he's feeling better and close to 100 percent.
March 13, 2019, 9:58 pmDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder was noticeably quiet in Wednesday's win over the Nets as he produced seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.
This was a bit a letdown considering Schroder is coming off a 24-point explosion on Monday and this is his first single-digit scoring game since February 22. Russell Westbrook went off so Schroder took a backseat. Expect a bounce-back game soon.
March 13, 2019, 9:53 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook dropped his 25th triple-double of the season in Wednesday's win over the Nets with 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting.
Westbrook took over when the Thunder were struggling and added 12 rebounds, 11 dimes, four 3s and three steals in 36 minutes. The only knock on tonight's line would be his 3-of-5 shooting from the line, but given the abundance of counting stats, we're happy to turn a blind eye.
March 13, 2019, 7:06 pmMarkieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Markieff Morris (neck soreness) will not play on Wednesday against the Warriors.
Morris left Monday's game with the injury and wasn't feeling quite right after today's pregame workout. The Thunder figure to take things slowly here given Morris' neck problems this season. Patrick Patterson will return to the backup power forward role but there isn't any fantasy value to be had at this spot.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 13, 2019, 3:13 pmHamidou Diallo - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Hamidou Diallo was recalled by the Thunder on Wednesday.
The 2019 Sprite Slam Dunk Champion will return to a similiar role providing wing depth for the Thunder. Diallo has no fantasy value this season, but the man can fly, and he is only 20 years old.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter