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Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lamb (heel) practiced Thursday and is expected to be ready for the regular season opener, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Lamb missed a pair of preseason games with a bruised heel but returned to practice Thursday and should be 100 percent for the season opener Wednesday in Portland. An excellent scorer, Lamb will be called upon to carry more of an offensive burden off the bench this season, particularly in the early-season absence of Kevin Durant.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins (quad) practiced Thursday and is expected to be ready for the regular season opener, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Perkins missed all of the preseason with a quad injury, but he returned to practice Thursday and will have about a week to get himself conditioned for the regular season. While Perkins projects to be in the starting lineup again this season, second-year forward/center Steven Adams is sure to see plenty of minutes.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (wrist) practiced Thursday and is expected to be ready for the regular season opener, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Jackson suffered a wrist injury nearly two weeks ago and missed a handful of preseason games. He was still experiencing discomfort earlier this week, but a full practice Thursday indicates he'll be ready to go Wednesday against the Blazers.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collison (ankle) will make his preseason debut for the Thunder on Tuesday, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: He will likely be the first big man off the bench, as Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams continue to start in the frontcourt. Consider Collison healthy moving forward.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (wrist) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: Coach Scott Brooks said Jackson didn't feel comfortable after Monday's workout, but expects him to be ready for the season opener.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Durant says he has been antsy since finding out he will miss the early part of the season with a broken bone in his right foot. The reigning MVP spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since the injury. He had surgery on Oct. 16 and will be re-evaluated in about five weeks. He rolled into the media session on a scooter with the lower half of his right leg in a cast.
Impact: Durant says he's never had surgery, so he doesn't know how he will respond to it, but he won't rush his return. He said the situation presents an opportunity for his teammates to grow, and he feels that the team will be better off in the long run as a result.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ibaka made his preseason debut over the weekend, appearing in Friday's game against the Raptors, as well as Sunday's matchup with the Timberwolves.
Impact: As expected, Ibaka made his preseason debut after battling a sprained ankle for most of camp. Coach Scott Brooks limited his minutes, holding him to 21 against the Raptors and 25 against the T'Wolves. Ibaka struggled from the field (4-12 FG) Friday, finishing with eight points and six rebounds. He found his stride Sunday, however, connecting on 5-of-7 field goal attempts and finishing with 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Ibaka also converted his only three-point attempt.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collison (ankle) was a limited participant in Monday's practice, but he could make his preseason debut Tuesday, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: It doesn't sound like Collison is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season, but even so, he won't approach 30 minutes per game, and can therefore be left alone in shallower leagues.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (wrist) was a full participant in Monday's practice and could play in Tuesday's exhibition, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: There seems little doubt at this point that Jackson will be healthy for the Oct. 29 season opener, after dealing with a minor wrist injury last week.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jerrett (ankle) will not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Timberwolves.
Impact: Jerrett had a rough go of it during his rookie season as he was only able to play in 37 games for the Thunder at 7.7 minutes averaged per contest. Things won't likely change during his second year in the league as he's already dealing with a prolonged ankle injury and has too many players ahead of him on the depth chart.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collison (ankle) will not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Timberwolves, the Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Collison dealt with knee issues during the offseason and has now spent training camp nursing an ankle injury. His inability to get on the court is certainly concerning, although the aging veteran should only be owned in the very deepest of leagues that are alright with players who only get on the court for 10-15 minutes a game.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins (quadriceps) will not play against the Timberwolves in Sunday's preseason game, the Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Perkins has been dealing with a quad injury since late September and consequentially has had an unproductive training camp. However, the 29-year-old is an aging veteran that hardly needs to go through training camp to be ready for the start of the regular season. With the capable and young Steven Adams nipping at the heels of Perkins, it's still unclear who will end up being the Thunder's starting center to open the season on Oct. 29 against Portland.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (wrist) won't play in Sunday's preseason game against the Timberwolves, the Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Despite not being able to play Sunday, Jackson still seems poised to be ready for the start of the regular season on Oct. 29 against Portland. Jackson will have one last preseason game to test out his ailing wrist when the Thunder face the Jazz on Tuesday.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lamb is dealing with a left heel contusion and won't be available for Sunday's preseason game against the Timberwolves, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Lamb's injury isn't considered to be serious but the Thunder will be cautious with their 22-year-old shooting guard. His next opportunity to get on the court before the regular season starts will be Tuesday against the Jazz.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (wrist) won't play Friday, but he's getting close to returning to the court, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: He went through a full workout before Friday's game, and it seems like he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season. It's pretty clear that he will open the season as the team's sixth man, but he should be the fourth Thunder player off the board in fantasy drafts.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Adams could be the favorite to open the season as the Thunder's starting center, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: He is averaging 17 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals while shooting 77 percent from the field in four preseason games, so it's pretty clear that he's a better player than Kendrick Perkins at this stage in each player's career. Adams' biggest flaw is his propensity to get in foul trouble. He picked up 11 fouls in his first two games of the preseason, but has just four in his last two, so perhaps it's getting drilled into the young center that in order to play big minutes, he needs to clean up his defense. Adams is worth a pick in most category leagues, given his upside in all the relevant big-man stats.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow may open the season as the Thunder's starting small forward, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: He is expected to return from a minor ankle injury Friday and would start at small forward. While Perry Jones offers superior size and athleticism at the three, the Thunder may value Morrow's experience and long-range shooting. The big backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson should help make up for the 6-foot-5 Morrow's lack of size at the three, and he should offer fantasy owners significant three-point shooting in Kevin Durant's absence through the first month or so of the regular season.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ibaka (ankle) will make his preseason debut Friday and is expected to get 15-20 minutes, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: This is excellent news, and it seems like Ibaka will be at full strength for the start of the regular season.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow will miss Thursday's preseason game against the Pelicans due to a left ankle injury, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Morrow's ankle injury is not considered serious and the sharpshooter could very well return for Friday's tilt versus Toronto. In wake of Kevin Durant (foot) being sidelined, Morrow is expected to help fill the Thunder's perimeter shooting void, making him of value in corresponding fantasy categories.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Durant (foot) underwent successful surgery Thursday and will be re-evaluated in six weeks, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: As expected, Durant underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. He'll be re-evaluated in six weeks, which places him out until at least the end of November. Still, Durant remains one of the top fantasy options, and his value shouldn't be greatly diminished, assuming he returns shortly after that six-week timetable.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Westbrook (rest) will not play Thursday against New Orleans, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: It's simply a night off for Westbrook, who figures to play big minutes and carry a heavy workload when the regular season opens, particularly given the absence of Kevin Durant (leg).
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Telfair (thumb) missed his second straight preseason game Tuesday.
Impact: Telfair has been hampered by both a quad injury and a right thumb sprain that has caused him to miss all but one preseason game. He is expected to be behind both Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson this season, leaving him with minimal fantasy value.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones will start at small forward Tuesday, but his minutes will be limited, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: Jones was dealing with a knee issue earlier in camp, which is likely why he will be limited Tuesday. However, it appears he'll get the first chance to be the Thunder's starting small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (wrist) will not play in Tuesday's preseason contest, The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: Jackson sustained a wrist contusion in Friday's preseason game and will be held out Tuesday, mostly as a precaution. He'll be one of eight player's out of action for Oklahoma City.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collison (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Collison is still being bothered by an ankle injury and is one of eight Thunder players sitting out Tuesday's contest.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins (quad) will not play Tuesday against Memphis, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Perkins is nursing a quad injury that's kept him out since late-September, but he should be nearing a return. With Serge Ibaka (ankle) also out Tuesday, Steven Adams figures to see plenty of minutes.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ibaka (ankle) will not play Tuesday against Memphis, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Though Ibaka reportedly looked good during Monday's practice, the team will hold him out Tuesday, likely as a precaution. Prior to Monday, the big man was sidelined more than a week with a sprained ankle.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ibaka (ankle) practiced in full Monday and "looked good," according to coach Scott Brooks, The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
Impact: Ibaka missed more than a week with a sprained ankle, but he appears to be passed the issue and should be considered healthy going forward. Already a valuable fantasy commodity, Ibaka should have more value at the beginning of the regular season in the absence of Kevin Durant (foot).
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson suffered a right wrist contusion Friday in a preseason game, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: We now know what the injury is, however the Thunder have not yet offered a time table for Jackson's return. He still has a couple weeks to heal before the regular season starts, which at this point seems like enough time. As long as he can get over the injury in a timely manner, Jackson should see an increase in his fantasy value due to teammate Kevin Durant's foot injury for the start of the season.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Durant (foot) may be out for up to 10 weeks, personal trainer Tim S. Grover reports.
Impact: Durant's injury was initially marked to miss 6-8 weeks, but the report indicates that the timetable is for the healing process while getting back to form will take longer. It's unclear at this point who will get the minutes, but Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones are the top candidates. Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook should also take on a larger role in the offense with the star out.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Oklahoma City Thunder say star forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery Thursday to address a bone fracture in his right foot and will be out at least six weeks. General manager Sam Presti said the procedure was performed at a clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the team, Durant and his representatives "jointly decided" surgery was needed.
Impact: Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks. The reigning NBA MVP was diagnosed over the weekend with a "Jones fracture," a broken bone at the base of his small toe. The Thunder open the season Oct. 29 at Portland. A six-week absence could have Durant back for the start of December, with about 65 games remaining.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ibaka should be in line for an increase in offensive opportunities with Kevin Durant (foot) out up to two months.
Impact: With Durant out, his shot attempts need to go to other players on the team until he returns. Ibaka is the team's best scoring big man, and should see a nice uptick in shots during the beginning of the season. Expect his numbers to be close to the stats he posted last year when Russell Westbrook missed time.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Durant has a fracture in his right foot that will require surgery and is expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Durant informed the Thunder's training staff Saturday that he had been experiencing discomfort in his right foot, and after a series of tests, it was determined he has a "Jones" fracture. Other NBA players who have underwent this procedure have been able to return in 6-8 weeks, but there is no firm timetable for Durant's return at this time, and an official timetable probably won't be established until after surgery. In Durant's stead, Jeremy Lamb or Perry Jones could see additional minutes, and Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook could be asked to shoulder a larger load of the offense. The 6-8 weeks timeline would have Durant returning sometime near the end of November or around the start of December.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ibaka (sprained ankle) won't play in Friday's preseason game, the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry reports.
Impact: He will miss his second preseason game in a row due to the sprained ankle. However, he has been participating in portions of practice, and it doesn't appear that he will be held out once the regular season begins.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson suffered a right wrist injury during Friday's preseason game, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: The Thunder did not provide further details regarding Jackson's status, but more should be known after he is reevaluated Saturday. It remains to be seen if the setback will threaten Jackson's availability for the Thunder's Oct. 29 regular season opener.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson was removed from Friday's preseason game with a right arm injury, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Jackson suffered the injury on a hard fall following a driving and-one layup. The extent of his injury is uncertain, but expect an update on his status as more details emerge.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Telfair will miss Friday's game against the Mavericks with a right thumb sprain, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Telfair missed Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage due to a quad issue, but now appears to be suffering from a separate thumb sprain. He is likely day-to-day because of the injury and shouldn't miss any regular season time.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: McGary has a broken bone in his left foot and is expected to miss about six weeks. The Thunder said an evaluation Thursday confirmed McGary fractured his left second metatarsal Wednesday night in an exhibition game at Denver.
Impact: McGary, the former Michigan player drafted 21st overall this year, had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes against the Nuggets.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGary will miss five to seven weeks after suffering a fracture in his left foot during Wednesday's preseason game versus the Nuggets, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: McGary played just eight games in college at Michigan last season due to a back injury and will now return to the sidelines to begin his NBA career. Although he performed admirably over the summer, McGary wasn't expected to fill a consistent role for the Thunder as a rookie. Nonetheless, his absence will slow his early development and clear veteran Nick Collison to maintain his long-time backup power forward role.