September 1, 2020, 12:20 amDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinaro bounced back from Game 5's dud with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting while adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals and four triples on Monday.
Gallo hit some tough shots in isolation sets tonight and did enough on the offensive side of the floor to see 28 minutes tonight. He's still a target on defense, but if he's going to can his shots like he did in today's game, he's playable against the Rockets.
September 1, 2020, 12:15 amDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder scored 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting while adding eight boards, two assists and a steal in Monday's Game 6.
Schroder went 0-for-5 from deep, but was still a plus-six on the floor tonight. The offensive side of the ball wasn't pretty, but he actually did a decent job defending James Harden. The Thunder three-guard lineup still poses a huge problem for the Rockets and we expect to see a lot of it in Game 7.
September 1, 2020, 12:14 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dished out a team-high six assists to go with two rebounds, one block, 10 points and two triples on Monday.
Gilgeous-Alexander didn't score the ball well tonight, but he did enough on offense to keep the Rockets on their toes. His two triples were off the dribble and contested and he handed out a team-high six assists which were enough to force a Game 7.
August 29, 2020, 9:45 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.
The Thunder as a whole were off the mark. Frustration and not conviction was showing its ugly head for them tonight. They will get a chance to regroup and hope to force a Game 7 in their next game. Danilo Gallinari was terrible, missing all five shot attempts from the field to end the night with just one point, six rebounds and one steal in his 22 minutes on the floor.
August 29, 2020, 9:41 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams (knee) chipped in 12 points (6-of-8 FG, 0-of-2 FT) and 14 rebounds with no steals or blocks in Saturday's blowout loss to the Rockets.
It was an ugly loss and Adams will need to step it up, even more than he did tonight if the Thunder are going to force a Game 7.
August 29, 2020, 9:38 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a forgettable night on Saturday, falling flat with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting, three rebounds and four assists to his name in 34 minutes.
SGA was saddled by a bit of foul trouble, but that was no excuse for his poor showing on the offensive end of the floor. Considering he's one of the team's bright future stars, this was a tough and hard fall from grace in what was a crucial game.
August 29, 2020, 8:25 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder was ejected in the third quarter of Saturday's game vs. the Rockets, after an altercation with P.J. Tucker, ending the game with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
This is a tough blow for the Thunder as Schroder was playing extremely well off the bench, adding three triples, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes. Schroder got into it with Tucker after the Rocket retaliated from a "low blow" allegedly dished out by the guard.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
August 28, 2020, 4:52 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
With the players now unified in resuming play, the NBA released an updated schedule for Saturday and Sunday's contests, with the Bucks-Magic set to open the activities at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday.
The remaining teams will be featured in games on Saturday and Sunday. Following the Bucks-Magic at 3:30 PM ET, we will have the Rockets-Thunder at 6:30 PM and the Lakers-Blazers for a 9:00 PM nightcap. Sunday's slate includes game one of the Raptors-Celtics series at 1:00 PM ET, Mavs-Clippers at 3:30 PM and Jazz-Nuggets to conclude the weekend at 8:30 PM. While the fight for social justice will be ongoing and it is well worth monitoring in the weeks and months to come, it appears that the players and the owners have a better understanding in place as the playoffs are now back on track.
Source: Bobby Marks on Twitter
August 26, 2020, 5:17 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA has announced that Wednesday's games — Game 5s between the Bucks and Magic, Thunder and Rockets, and Lakers and Blazers, have all been postponed.
In a statement, the NBA said all of Wednesday's games will be rescheduled. It's being reported that the league's players will meet tonight to discuss next steps, but it's clear that they're rightfully fed up with the lack of action surrounding continued racial injustice and inequality in America. Kudos to the players for taking a stand and forcing the NBA to respond to their collective action. The NBA holds a powerful position, and the players have chosen to use their powerful voice to try and enact meaningful change on the larger world. It's a historic day in sports.
Source: NBA on Twitter
August 26, 2020, 4:55 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder and Rockets will boycott Wednesday's Game 5, per multiple reports.
This follows the lead of the Bucks and Magic, who refused to play Game 5 of their series in the wake of Jacob Blake being shot by police in Wisconsin.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 24, 2020, 6:56 pmLuguentz DortPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Luguentz Dort continues to be a difference-maker for the Thunder on the defensive end of the floor, limiting James Harden while scoring nine points of his own to go with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes on Monday.
After missing Game 1 due to injury, Dort has stepped in and made a definite impact for the Thunder. With the series now level at two games apiece, a spot in round two of the playoffs is there for the taking. Dort's value to the team is typically not reflected on the stat-sheet but has to be appreciated nonetheless.
August 24, 2020, 6:51 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul overcame a slow start, scoring 22 of his 26 points during the second half, adding six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes on Monday as the Thunder rounded out another impressive victory to level the series against the Rockets.
Paul provided his usual calming influence on the Thunder, nailing his mid-range game as the Thunder once again best the Rockets at their own game. All three guards have stepped up for the Thunder, especially over the past two games, and the Rockets will have to make a few adjustments of their own moving forward.
August 24, 2020, 6:44 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder continues to rise to the challenge for the Thunder, dropping a team-high 30 points on an efficient 10-of-16 shooting, chipping in four 3-pointers, three assists and one rebound in 31 minutes during Monday's series-leveling victory.
Trailing by as much as 15 points midway through the third quarter, the Thunder rallied back to level the series at 2-2. Schroder has stepped up over the past two games, averaging 29.5 points off the bench. The Thunder have been able to combat the small-ball lineup of the Rockets with an impactful guard-heavy rotation of their own. They will look to make it three wins in a row on Wednesday with Schroder figuring to feature prominently once again.
August 24, 2020, 2:54 pmDeonte BurtonPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Deonte Burton (illness) will be unavailable for the Thunder's game on Monday.
The 26-year-old guard was barely playing when healthy so this news is inconsequential. Even in big minutes Burton has not been able to produce anything interesting.
Source: Brandon Rahbar on Twitter
August 24, 2020, 2:49 pmSteven AdamsC, 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