March 18, 2020, 8:24 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
All Thunder players and staff were tested for the COVID-19 virus and the results of the test came back negative.
Finally, a bit of good news here. The testing was done after some consultation with health officials, based on the team's exposure to the Utah Jazz on March 11. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. The Thunder used a private laboratory to not put undue stress on Oklahoma City's medical system.
March 11, 2020, 6:22 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
As expected, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip contusion) will be available to play against the Jazz on Wednesday after practicing on Tuesday.
SGA missed the first game of his career on Sunday after playing in the first 151 games (including playoffs). He should be ready to finish the season strong as the Thunder try to earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. In terms of total value, SGA is on track to finish with 3rd/2nd-round value across 8/9-cat leagues while he falls two rounds when looking at his statistics from a per-game perspective.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 1:53 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip contusion) returned to practice on Tuesday and is expected to play in Wednesday’s game against the Jazz.
Gilgeous-Alexander missed his first game on Sunday but it looks like that should be it. The Thunder are climbing in the Western Conference standings and have incentive to get their budding star guard out there. Make sure to check back on SGA’s status on Wednesday and fire him up as usual.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 9:26 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder put up 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting in a win over the Celtics on Sunday.
Schroder sealed the game with a steal and layup with just eight seconds remaining in regulation. He added six dimes and two steals to the stat sheet. He stepped up with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out and led the Thunder to victory. Schroder has been a consistent late-round value with scoring, shooting and assists as his primary skills.
March 8, 2020, 9:21 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul went off in a 105-104 win over the Celtics on Sunday with 28 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Paul shot 9-of-19 from the field and knocked down 10 free throws in 37 minutes of action. Paul remains a top-15 option and his value is boosted even higher in games like this one when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is out. Danilo Gallinari put up 18 points and six boards on 6-of-17 shooting. Gallinari is a lock for top-50 value for the rest of the season.
March 8, 2020, 9:15 pmTerrance FergusonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Terrance Ferguson started for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on Sunday and put up four points with one steal in 20 minutes of action.
Ferguson shot 2-of-3 from the field with two boards. He does not hold much fantasy appeal as his role is limited when the team is fully healthy.
March 8, 2020, 9:09 pmAbdel NaderSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Abdel Nader played well in a win over the Celtics on Sunday with six points and a career-high four blocks.
Nader shot 2-of-4 from the field and added three boards to the box score. Nader can be left on the wire as this was merely a fluke defensive outing.
March 8, 2020, 5:04 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss the first game of his career on Sunday because of a right hip contusion.
Gilgeous-Alexander went from game-time decision to out very quickly, which puts a dark cloud over his availability for OKC's three-game slate next week. Look for more from wings like Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo for as long as SGA remains out, and there's really no pickup to make in standard formats.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 4:46 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) will be a game-time decision for Sunday against the Celtics.
Gilgeous-Alexander has been huge for the Thunder and fantasy players alike all season, so hopefully he's able to gut it out on a Sunday that will have huge fantasy playoff implications. He has yet to miss a game in his career. If the trend can't continue today, look for more Dennis Schroder with extra Terrance Ferguson on the wings.
Source: Steve McGehee on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 10:21 pmDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari was up to his old tricks in an easy win over the Knicks, dropping a team-high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 at the line with three triples, one rebound and two assists.
Gallinari, as long as he's not being rested, has been a steady and reliable source of efficient points (especially at the line) and threes over the season. He's a solid as they come and a lock to end 2019-20 with his safe floor of mid-round value.
March 6, 2020, 10:09 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams saw just 24 minutes of action on Friday, but it was enough time for him to record a 12-point (5-of-8 shooting), 11 rebound double-double that was complemented by one assist and two blocks.
Adams has been hovering just inside the top-90 over the past two weeks. He's been flirting with a double-double thanks his averages of 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game during that span.
March 6, 2020, 10:03 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul had a field day against the Knicks on Friday, leading the Thunder to a 126-103 victory with 21 points (8-of-13 shooting), four treys, three rebounds, 12 assists and three steals.
Who you calling old? CP3 may be up there in the age category, but the future Hall-of-Famer's still got it. He's been a strong top-10 play to close out the season so far and his vintage revival run does not look like it's ending anytime soon.
March 4, 2020, 11:33 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel was forced out of Wednesday's game after getting hurt while contesting a dunk but was able to return, finishing with eight points, three boards, a steal and three swats in just 16 minutes.
Noel doesn't need much time to produce elite defensive numbers and he has a spot on all roto rosters as long as he's healthy. There's easy specialist appeal in standard H2H formats as well, and immense upside if Steven Adams ever gets injured.
March 4, 2020, 10:24 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul scored 16 points with four rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 114-107 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Paul turned the ball over six times, which is unusual for a player averaging only 2.2 per game on the season. Paul has fallen off slightly and is now a top-20 player per game in 9-cat leagues. That jumps up to top-10 in total value as Paul has had one of the most durable seasons of his career. He will post top-20 value the rest of the season as the Thunder fight for playoff position in the West.
March 4, 2020, 10:11 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 27 points on a blistering 12-of-15 shooting, adding three assists, two steals, two blocks and two threes in a 114-107 win vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.
This was a mouth-watering 9-cat performance for the sophomore guard. SGA is a top-50 player on the season and a top-40 player over the past two months. He's going to produce mid-round value ROS and looks like he can be an early-round player for multiple seasons beyond this year.