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  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams (knee) will be available to play in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Monday afternoon.

    Adams went down with a knee injury during overtime of Saturday's win. It was obviously nothing serious, and he'll be good to go as the Thunder look to tie things up on Monday. With Adams is healthy, Nerlens Noel returns to a marginal role in the team's playoff rotation.

    Source: Brandon Rahbar on Twitter

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams was on the floor for 31 minutes on Thursday but struggled to take advantage against a smaller Rockets lineup, finishing with eight points (4-of-4), 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    The Thunder may need to make an adjustment ahead of Game 3 as Adams has struggled against the run-and-gun Rockets. Adams can't guard the perimeter very well so perhaps the Thunder need to shift Danilo Gallinari over to center and get more minutes for Nerlens Noel. Adams and the Thunder will look to get on track on Saturday. Noel saw 18 minutes off the pine and returned four points, nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams (left lower leg contusion) and Nerlens Noel (right ankle sprain) have both been upgraded to available ahead of Wednesday's tilt with the Heat.

    Billy Donovan informed the media the team was fully healthy with the exception of Dennis Schröder (self-isolating). They will look to finish the season strong and will be a tough team to beat once the postseason rolls around. Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel can both be used in fantasy lineups but may have their minutes monitored as the game has little significance at this point.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Mike Muscala
    PF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Mike Muscala put up another strong performance in 24 minutes on Monday, totaling 11 points including three triples to go with four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    With both Steven Adams (leg) and Nerlens Noel (ankle) continuing to sit out, Muscala received the starting nod once again and came through with a decent performance. His ability to stretch the floor gives the Thunder a different look when compared to the inside game of Adams and Noel. With that being said, Muscala's role as the third-string center is not the most appealing when it comes to long-term fantasy value.

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel (right ankle) has been ruled out for the second straight game and will not play Monday against the Suns.

    Noel did a fine job stepping in to replace Steven Adams last week, but now with them both sidelined the Thunder are extremely thin in the frontcourt. Mike Muscala got the start Sunday and Darius Bazley came off the bench to score 23 points in 26 minutes. Expect both of them to see extended playing time once again.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel (right ankle soreness) will not play on Sunday against the Wizards.

    Noel was shaping up as a hot commodity today with Steven Adams out, but this late scratch has likely ruined many DFS plans. Mike Muscala and Kevin Hervey should split the center minutes, though it's entirely possible, and even likely, that the Thunder try to get by on small-ball against Washington. If nothing else, Muscala and Hervey will be dirt cheap in DFS. Darius Bazley and Abdel Nader also stand to benefit, and Bazley's probably the safest choice of OKC's depth guys.

    Source: Erik Horne on Twitter

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams has been ruled out vs. the Wizards on Sunday as he is still recovering from a bruised lower left leg.

    With Adams out, expect Nerlens Noel to step in as the Thunder's starting center. Noel was quiet in his last outing, but should be able to thrive against the Wizards' smaller frontcourt.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel started for an injured Steven Adams (bruised lower left leg) on Friday and was mildly effective, contributing 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Noel, who played a total of 27 minutes in this outing, was disappointing as he did not record a block and produced sub-par rebounding. His outlook took a hit after tonight, but given that Adams is day-to-day, Noel could be in for more minutes down the stretch. He's worth a speculative add at this point, though he's a bit on the dicey side after this game.

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams will not face the Grizzlies on Friday as he nurses a bruised lower left leg.

    It is no surprise that the Thunder are choosing to give their starting center the night off so that he can be healthy for the playoffs. Nerlens Noel is the likely candidate to get the start on Friday and should see increased short-term value for as long as Adams is sidelined. The injury doesn't seem to be too serious according to coach Billy Donovan so we should expect the Kiwi to be back soon.

    Source: Royce Young on Twitter

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams limped to the locker room vs. the Lakers on Wednesday with a left knee injury.

    Adams fell to the floor and was grabbing his left knee. He stayed in the game for a few minutes before exiting the game and heading to the locker room. Nerlens Noel will be the best candidate to fill in for Adams if he can't return. The Thunder could also run smaller lineups with Danilo Gallinari playing center.

    Source: Royce Young on Twitter

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel racked up four blocked shots in 18 minutes of playing time on Saturday, adding six rebounds and three points.

    Noel brought the defense again on Saturday but offered very little else in what was a very one-dimensional performance. Steven Adams looks to be as healthy as he has all season and this is likely to see Noel's playing time capped at around 18 minutes. He doesn't require huge minutes to have fantasy value and so he could still be a viable option if you need defensive numbers from an efficient, yet low-volume scorer.

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel was able to log 16 minutes in Sunday's scrimmage, scoring four points with six rebounds and three blocks.

    Noel had been limited in recent practices with a minor ankle injury but he's back in action and safe to draft as an elite source of defensive stats in resumption fantasy leagues. He'll be capped by Steven Adams' presence but Noel racks up enough steals and blocks even as a backup to be worth a long look in the late-middle rounds.

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Coach Billy Donovan said he expects Nerlens Noel (ankle) to be available for Sunday's scrimmage.

    Noel went through a full practice on Saturday and seems to be over his minor ankle sprain from a little over a week ago. He should continue to be a good source of defensive stats even as a backup to Steven Adams.

    Source: Erik Horne on Twitter

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel (ankle) will miss Friday's scrimmage against the Celtics.

    In all likelihood, the Thunder are exercising caution with Noel. He has been practicing this week without any lingering issues from the ankle issue that popped up a week ago. He's going to be a strong source of steals and blocks from the center position, but he will be limited to his 18.4 mpg average as long as Steven Adams is also taking the court.

    Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel (ankle) was able to go through Tuesday's scrimmage at Thunder practice.

    Noel suffered an ankle injury last week and was limited over OKC's last few practice sessions, but it looks like he'll be all systems go barring an aggravation. Noel should be one of the top sources of defensive stats available in fantasy leagues that will cover the Orlando games.

    Source: Erik Horne on Twitter