Oklahoma City Thunder Player News: All Positions

News: Roberson (knee) said Friday in an interview with Nate Tomlinson on the "Catching Up with the Family" podcast that he could soon receive clearance to play. "I'm kinda past the rehab stage. I'm almost to the point where I should be playing, honestly. But I'm still taking it a day at a time until I get back into our medical staff's hands and get reevaluated."
Impact: Roberson's last NBA appearance came back in January 2018, but the swingman finally seems to feel comfortable with where he stands in his recovery from the left knee surgery that has sidelined him for 27 months. The Thunder likely won't provide an update on Roberson until the team reconvenes for workouts if or when the NBA season resumes, but even if he gains clearance to play, don't expect the 28-year-old to take on a regular rotation role right away, given his lengthy layoff.
News: At the time the NBA suspended play, Adams had scored fewer than 10 points in four of his last five games.
Impact: Adams has had an up-and-down season, overall, and that continued after the All-Star break. In his first four post-break games, Adams averaged 17.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks, but his production dipped in his final five game before the shutdown. In that sample, Adams posted just 7.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks in 25.2 minutes.
News: Noel averaged 17.3 minutes per game after the All-Star break as the primary backup to Steven Adams.
Impact: While the former lottery pick has been stuck behind Adams for much of the year, he carved out a consistent role, and that continued after the break. In nine games between Feb. 21 and March 8, Noel averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. In his final game before the NBA suspended play, Noel went for five points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes in a win over Boston.
News: The Thunder's Wednesday game versus the Jazz has been postponed, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The league has yet to provide an official statement, but the postponement is likely related to the ongoing coronavirus concerns. Both teams had taken the court in advance of opening tip but then returned to their locker rooms. The Thunder are next scheduled to face the Timberwolves on Friday.
News: Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) is off the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.
Impact: A bruised right hip kept Gilgeous-Alexander out of the Thunder's most recent contest, but he'll be back in action Wednesday. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 blocks in 32.6 minutes.
News: Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) "should be available to play" Wednesday against the Jazz, per coach Billy Donovan, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: The guard will be evaluated later on Tuesday, as well as on Wednesday morning, before a decision is made, but he's trending in the right direction after sitting out Sunday's come-from-behind win over Boston. Since the All-Star break, Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.
News: Schroder tallied 27 points (10-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-7 FT), six assists, two rebounds and two steals in Sunday's win over the Celtics.
Impact: Schroder remained on the bench with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out, but he stepped up in a big way, taking a team-high 21 shots and combining with Chris Paul to score 55 points. The Sixth Man of the Year candidate is averaging 17.4 points and 4.2 assists in nine games since the break.
News: Paul tallied 28 points (9-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 10-10 FT), seven assists and six boards over 37 minutes in Sunday's win over the Celtics.
Impact: The Thunder came from behind to win in Boston, and Paul led the way on a night when OKC was without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip). The veteran added a steal and a block on the defensive end. Paul has now scored 20-plus points in consecutive games on the heels of a six-game stretch in which he failed to do so. All in all, it's been a remarkable (and remarkably healthy) season for him.
News: Ferguson will start Sunday's game against the Celtics, Celtics play-by-play man Sean Grande reports.
Impact: With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missing his first game of the year, the Thunder will go with Luguentz Dort at shooting guard, while Ferguson enters the lineup at one forward spot alongside Danilo Gallinari.
News: The Thunder ruled Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) out ahead of Sunday's game against the Celtics, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Gilgeous-Alexander's status took a turn for the worse quickly. After not being included on any of the first four injury reports the Thunder released prior to Sunday's game, Gilgeous-Alexander was deemed questionable with the right hip contusion around 3:30 p.m. ET, then ruled out less than a half hour later. With the 21-year-old now set to miss his first game of the season, Dennis Schroder could be in store for an elevated usage alongside starting point guard Chris Paul.
News: Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Celtics with a right hip contusion, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports. Coach Billy Donovan labeled the second-year guard a game-time decision in advance of the 6 p.m. ET tipoff.
Impact: No prior reports had suggested that Gilgeous-Alexander picked up any sort of injury coming out of his 18-point, five-assist outing in Friday's 126-103 win over the Knicks, so his late addition to the injury report comes as a surprise. The Thunder should provide a firmer resolution on Gilgeous-Alexander's status no later than 5:30 p.m., when the team releases its updated injury report a half hour prior to tipoff.
News: Gallinari scored 22 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3PT, 5-6 FT) in Friday's win over the Knicks.
Impact: Gallinari topped 20 points for the third time in five games, though he didn't provide much outside of scoring, as he added just one rebound and two assists in 28 minutes.
News: Paul scored 21 points (8-13 FG, 4-6 PT, 1-1) and had 12 assists in Friday's win over the Knicks.
Impact: Paul was one of six Thunder players in double-figures, and his 12 assists were the game-high. The veteran is averaging 18.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in eight games since the All-Star break.
News: Schroder amassed 23 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), nine assists, one rebound and one block in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 win over the Pistons.
Impact: Schroder fell one dime shy of a double-double, this after logging zero assists in both of the last two tilts. He's still a solid source of dimes, but scoring is clearly Schroder's most consistent contribution.
News: Gilgeous-Alexander registered 27 points (12-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 win over the Pistons.
Impact: Gilgeous-Alexander contributed across every category and was incredibly efficient offensively. He scored more in this one than he did in the last two tilts combined (26), but Gilgeous-Alexander has still posted at least 20 points in four of his last six appearances. Friday's bout versus the Knicks represents another excellent opportunity for the 21-year-old sophomore to fill up the stat sheet.
News: Gallinari (ankle) had 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, four steals and one assist in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 win over the Pistons.
Impact: Gallinari (ankle) played in his first back-to-back set since November after a quiet showing in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers. The 31-year-old forward amassed a season high steal total in this one and will look to take advantage of another favorable matchup during Friday's contest against the Knicks.
News: Gallinari (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Pistons, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gallinari hasn't played on back-to-back days since November, but he'll take the court Wednesday in Detroit after playing 29 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds and one steal.
News: Nader posted five points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Nader provided a little bit of everything except threes while earning more minutes than former starter Terrance Ferguson. Nader isn't a factor in most fantasy formats, but he's having a career year in most statistical categories on a team that lacks a lot of depth along the wing.
News: Muscala finished with one rebound, one assist and one steal in five minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Muscala made just his fifth appearance since the beginning of February and has earned double-digit minutes just once during this recent stretch. He's avoidable in all fantasy formats.
News: Noel collected four points (2-3 FG), three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Noel amassed at least two steals and two blocks in the same game for the seventh time through 52 appearances this season. Moreover, he's maintaining career-best percentages from the field and the charity stripe, and Noel continues to provide decent production considering his modest minute totals.
News: Schroder supplied 24 points (9-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and two rebounds in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Schroder paced the team in scoring and bounced back following his first single-digit scoring performance (nine points versus Bucks on Friday) since Nov. 15. Schroder is likely to find himself in the mix for Sixth Man of the Year honors, and he'll try to keep it rolling during Wednesday's matchup versus the Pistons.
News: Gallinari (ankle) managed 15 points (4-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Gallinari (ankle) returned to the lineup following a one-game absence but missed all four of his field-goal attempts from two-point range and didn't offer much beyond his four treys. It was a tough matchup on both ends for Gallinari, as he spent no shortage of time matched up with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Assuming Gallinari is able to give it a go during Wednesday's matchup versus the Pistons, he'll look to get back on track against a less threatening opponent.
News: Gallinari (ankle) isn't on the injury report for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Gallinari was held out of Friday's clash with Milwaukee due to ankle soreness, but it appears a few days of rest have allowed him to return to health. He should be right back in the starting lineup Tuesday evening.
News: Thunder coach Billy Donovan confirmed Sunday that Roberson (knee) remains limited to individual workouts rather than team practices, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Roberson is apparently back with the Thunder after leaving the team in early December to continue his rehab program, but the 28-year-old's 2019-20 debut doesn't appear imminent. Given that Roberson hasn't seen any competitive action since January 2018, he'll likely need to put in several full-court, full-contact practices before the Thunder pinpoint a target date for his debut. Consider him week-to-week.