January 27, 2020, 6:49 pmDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari (sore left thumb) will be available for Monday's game.
This should cut into Mike Muscala's playing time after Gallinari missed Saturday's game against the Wolves. Gallinari is really shooting the ball well from distance recently, hitting over 45 percent of triples in January.
Source: Madysson Morris on Twitter
January 25, 2020, 2:43 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (left ankle sprain) is questionable to face the Wolves on Saturday.
Adams sprained his ankle two minutes into Monday's game and has missed the subsequent two games. Noel has been filling in nicely but underwent surgery to repair a fractured cheek so if Adams remains out, the Thunder may need to give Mike Muscala and Darius Bazley all of the frontcourt minutes with Danilo Gallinari also ruled out.
Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter
January 25, 2020, 2:07 pmDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari (sore left thumb) will not play against the Wolves on Saturday.
Gallinari is missing a back-to-back game now for the third straight time and it appears this will be the trend for the rest of the year. The Thunder have three more back to backs left this season with the last one occurring during finals week in most leagues. Darius Bazley and Mike Muscala should see plenty of minutes in Gallo's absence and even more so if Steven Adams is ruled out with Nerlens Noel ruled out already.
Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 11:44 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala was effective in 20 minutes off the Thunder bench on Friday, providing a sprak of offense with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and four 3s.
Muscala can sometimes heat up like this and is someone who can pop for points and threes. However, due to his lack of consistency, he cannot be trusted in 14-team leagues or shallower.
January 21, 2020, 4:45 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (sore left ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic after not participating in practice on Tuesday.
Noel returned for the team's back-to-back set over the weekend but was scratched a few minutes before Monday's tip-off. Steven Adams (ankle) is also questionable for this one, and if neither can go, Mike Muscala and Justin Patton would be looking at extended minutes.
Source: Steve McGehee on Twitter
January 20, 2020, 6:18 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams left Monday's game with a left ankle sprain and has been ruled out for the game.
The injury occurred when Clint Capela flagrantly fouled him. Mike Muscala has been picking up the slack.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 7:37 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (right knee contusion) will return to the lineup to play against the Blazers.
Adams is as tough as they come and he winds up missing just one contest after leaving Wednesday's game early. Nerlens Noel has held standalone value even with Adams, but anyone who picked up Mike Muscala can feel free to move on.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 2:30 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (right knee contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Blazers.
Adams played only seven minutes before being ruled out on Wednesday and did not play on Friday. He may tough it out as he is known to play through injuries and rarely misses games. If he cannot go, expect Nerlens Noel to make another start with plenty of minutes for Mike Muscala. The Thunder have yet to utilize G Leaguer Justin Patton who had what will likely be the stat line of the year on Tuesday.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
January 15, 2020, 11:00 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala stepped up for the Thunder on Wednesday after Steven Adams was ruled out with a right knee contusion and delivered with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes.
Muscala is a sneaky add right now. He put up three treys, four rebounds, three dimes, one steal, one block and zero turnovers. That's a standard-league level kind of line right there. The Thunder frontcourt is ravaged by injuries and Muscala might be a serviceable streamer/pickup depending on your league's depth.
January 15, 2020, 9:25 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams will not return to Wednesday's game due to a right knee contusion.
This opens up some opportunities for Mike Muscala who should provide some deep-league value should Adams miss any games.
Source: Eric Smith on Twitter
January 10, 2020, 2:39 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Head coach Billy Donovan told the media that Nerlens Noel has been progressing well but will remain out for Saturday's contest vs. the Lakers with a sprained left ankle.
Noel will miss his fourth consecutive game on Saturday. His next opportunity will come on Monday vs. the Wolves. In the meantime, Steven Adams will be leaned on more heavily while Mike Muscala will see additional minutes off the bench.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
November 11, 2019, 6:29 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (left knee contusion) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
Adams missed Sunday's game, and Nerlens Noel took full advantage in scoring 14 points while dishing out six assists and blocking two shots. Noel and Mike Muscala would continue to fill in if Adams can't play.
Source: NBA Injury Report
November 6, 2019, 2:37 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala did not practice on Wednesday due to hand soreness.
It's still possible that Muscala could play on Thursday. He's shooting just 16 percent from the field in the early going and isn't getting significant time on the court.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
October 27, 2019, 7:44 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel finally got the primary backup center minutes, finishing Sunday's win with six points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in 15 minutes of action.
Noel had played 12 minutes combined over OKC's first two games so this was a sight for sore eyes, though it has to be noted that half of this game was pure garbage time. Here's hoping that it keeps up going forward. Mike Muscala, the backup so far, logged just eight minutes today (two points, two rebounds) while Steven Adams got in some light work with eight points and nine boards in 25 minutes.
October 24, 2019, 3:28 amNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel was limited to just five minutes in Wednesday's game with the Jazz, though he still picked up a block.
The talk around Thunder camp was that Noel would be in line for more minutes this year but he's a big 0-for-1 so far. Mike Muscala got 16 minutes, posting four points, four boards and two blocks, and hopefully that's not something that continues going forward.