Oklahoma City Thunder Player News: All Positions

News: Schroder finished with 26 points (10-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, and one block in 31 minutes during Friday's 116-109 win over the Raptors.
Impact: Schroder took Toronto to school, delivering an efficient scoring performance while filling up the box score. He remains the clear go-to option off the pine. Moreover, Russell Westbrook often defers to Schroder when the two share the court in an effort to keep him involved. With the Western Conference playoff teams all fighting for playoff positioning in some way, shape, or form, Schroder should be expected to keep earning ample minutes across the final nine regular season games here in 2018-19.
News: Westbrook went for 18 points (6-20 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 13 assists, 12 rebounds, four steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 116-109 win over the Raptors.
Impact: Westbrook struggled with his shot but produced across every category while racking up his 28th triple-double of the season. Given that the Thunder are still battling for playoff positioning, it's likely that Westbrook will remain in attack mode (as per usual) for most of the last nine regular season games.
News: George registered 28 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 41 minutes during Friday's 116-109 win over the Raptors.
Impact: George was extremely efficient as a scorer while contributing in every category and helping his team earn revenge after Wednesday's overtime loss to these same Raptors. With most of the playoff teams in the Western Conference jumbled closely together in the standings, George and company can likely be expected to continue competing for home-court advantage across the final nine games of the regular season.
News: Noel had nine points, one rebound, one assist, and one block in 11 minutes during Wednesday's 123-114 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Noel returned after missing the Thunder's last game with a quad bruise but played just 11 minutes in the overtime loss. His playing time has waned over the past few games and outside of his serviceable block numbers, he is not worth a look in standard formats.
News: Schroder ended with 12 points (5-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 123-114 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Schroder moved back to the bench Wednesday with Russell Westbrook back in the lineup after a one-game suspension. Schroder still played 38 minutes in the overtime loss but finished just 5-of-16 from the field and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. Schroder is a fringe standard league player with very little upside outside of scoring. Russell Westbrook is a chance to miss more games before the season ends and if that is the case, Schroder then becomes a must-start player.
News: Westbrook finished with 42 points 16-29 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 44 minutes during Wednesday's 123-114 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Westbrook returned from a one-game suspension, scoring a game-high 42 points in the overtime loss to the Raptors. The Thunder came from 18 points back to force overtime but eventually ran out of steam. Westbrook was fantastic, scoring more than the other four starters combined. He is going to be a risky layer down the stretch with every second technical four resulting in a one-game suspension.
News: Noel (quad) is available to play in Wednesday's game agaisnt the Raptors, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, Noel, who was dealing with a bruise on his left quad, will be able to play Wednesday. Through 66 games, Noel's averaging 5.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 14.2 minutes per contest.
News: Noel (quad) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt with the Raptors, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Billy Donovan is "pretty optimistic" that Noel will be able to play after missing Monday's game against Miami due to a bruise on his left quadriceps. Noel will go through pregame before ultimately making the final call on his availability.
News: Noel (quad) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Raptors, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Noel was a late scratch for Monday's contest, but it appears he's close to a return. He may opt to test things out pregame before making a final decision on his availability.
News: Grant finished with 27 points (10-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks and an assist over 41 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the Heat on Monday.
Impact: Grant went off for a season-high 27 points in Monday's loss, adding 10 rebounds for a big double-double. It was just his fourth double-double this season, but Grant is still averaging career highs in points (13.1) and rebounds (5.1) this season.
News: Schroder totaled 20 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six assists and three rebounds over 36 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the Heat on Monday.
Impact: Schroder had a big game in Monday's win, drawing the start in Russell Westrbook's absence due to suspension. Schroder has been a fine fantasy play this season and an even better option when Westbrook has missed time.
News: Adams finished with 10 points (5-6 FG, 0-2 FT), 12 rebounds three assists, two blocks and a steal over 25 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the Heat on Monday.
Impact: Adams came up with a double-double in Monday's loss, adding some quality stats across the board. His performance wasn't far off of his season averages of 14.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He's always a double-double threat, though his upside is capped by his limited scoring capabilities.
News: George totaled 31 points (9-18 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 9-9 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks over 39 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the Heat on Monday.
Impact: George led all scorers in Monday's loss, though his big night wasn't enough to lead the Thunder to a win. Already having his best year as a pro, George has stepped up his scoring and rebounding as of late, averaging 30.0 points and 9.1 rebounds over his last four games.
News: Noel has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Heat with a left quad contusion, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: It's unclear when Noel suffered the injury, however with it just being labeled a contusion, it doesn't seem to be a serious injury. He should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against Toronto. In his absence, Markieff Morris and Patrick Patterson could see a larger role.
News: Schroder will start at point guard Monday against the Heat, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the Thunder will be without Russell Westbrook on Monday after he picked up his 16th technical foul of the season over the weekend. Expect Schroder to see a bump in playing time, though he's already averaged just a shade under 30 minutes per game in his last seven contests off the bench.
News: Westbrook has been suspended for Monday's game against the Heat after receiving his 16th technical foul, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Impact: This suspension comes as no surprise, as Westbrook received his 16th technical foul this season in Saturday's loss to Golden State. In his absence, Dennis Schroder will likely move into the starting five and could see an increased role. Westbrook will return Wednesday against Toronto.
News: Ferguson finished with two points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and two rebounds in 27 minutes during Saturday's 110-88 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Ferguson finished with as many turnovers as points, and he was essentially a non-factor in this one. The 20-year-old sophomore has made significant strides this season, but he has been limited to single digits in scoring for 11 consecutive contests. Moreover, he doesn't do much else on a consistent basis, so Ferguson's fantasy value seems minimal at best until he snaps out of his recent funk.
News: Westbrook managed seven points (2-16 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine assists, eight rebounds, one steal, and one block in 32 minutes during Saturday's 110-88 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Westbrook had an awful night offensively, finishing with over twice as many field goal attempts as points in a blowout defeat. It's the third time here in 2018-19 that he has failed to reach double figures in scoring, and this was his lowest point total thus far this season. Westbrook will look to bounce back during Monday's matchup versus the Heat.
News: George recorded 29 points (9-25 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 110-88 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: George was highly inefficient from the field but made enough threes, sunk enough free throws, and grabbed enough boards to salvage his overall stat line. He now has 22 double-doubles through 66 appearances this season, which puts him only one away from matching his career high (23 in 2012-13).
News: Morris had eight points (3-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt), five rebounds, and one steal in 17 minutes during Saturday's 110-88 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Morris has amassed eight points across 17 minutes in each of the last two contests, contributing nearly identical stat lines. He has had some good games here and there since joining the Thunder in late February, but thus far Morris hasn't been able to earn enough minutes to make a consistent impact outside of deeper formats.
News: Morris (neck) will be active and could play Thursday against the Pacers, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Morris was initially listed as out by the Thunder, but he'll end up being a true game-time call. "He's trying to play. I think he feels considerably better than he did yesterday," stated head coach Billy Donovan. Morris will go through pregame warmups before being reevaluated, at which point his status will be revealed.
News: Morris (neck) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Pacers, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A neck injury cost Morris a chunk of time earlier this season, and the issue appears to have resurfaced of late. Thursday will mark his second straight absence after he was held out of Wednesday's win over the Nets.
News: Westbrook contributed 31 points (12-23 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 12 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals across 35 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Nets.
Impact: Westbrook provided his typical extraordinary line during Wednesday's win over the Nets. The only recent change to Westbrook's play is that he's finally shooting the ball well. After struggling for the first four months of the season, Westbrook's hitting 47.4 percent of his shots from the field and 38.8 percent of his threes in March.
News: George tallied 25 points (9-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes during Wednesday's win over Brooklyn.
Impact: After falling well below his season scoring average the past two games, George bounced back to top 25 points for the third time since returning from his brief shoulder injury. In his four prior games since returning, George had made just 30.5 percent of his shots from the field. If he's able to bounce back to his pre-injury form, George can be considered a top-level fantasy asset for the remainder of the season.
News: Morris (neck) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Nets, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: After undergoing pregame warm-ups, Morris' neck was still bothering him too much to play Wednesday. In his absence, Patrick Patterson could see an increased role. Morris should be considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers.
News: Morris (neck) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Morris left Monday's game against the Jazz after suffering the neck injury. His status Wednesday will depend on how he is feeling closer to tip-off. Patrick Patterson could see a return to the rotation should he ultimately sit out.
News: Adams accumulated 12 points (6-10 FG), seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 33 minutes during Monday's 98-89 win over the Jazz.
Impact: Adams didn't deliver splashy scoring and rebounding numbers but made his presence felt on the defensive end by posting a pair of steals and blocks. It's the eighth time this season that Adams has finished with at least two steals and two blocks. However, while he's averaging a career high in steals he's posting less than 1.0 block per game for the first time since his rookie campaign.
News: George totaled 14 points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 10-12 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 35 minutes during Monday's 98-89 win over the Jazz.
Impact: George had been stellar across his first three tilts against the Jazz this season, perhaps fueled by last year's playoff defeat. He was stymied offensively in this one though, as he failed to sink a three for the first time since Nov. 1 (though he did live at the charity stripe). Overall, George made up for his quiet night as a scorer by producing a fairly well-rounded stat line. Still, he'll look to shake off his recent offensive struggles over the last two games (combined for 29 points and 10 turnovers versus five dimes) in a much more favorable matchup versus an uptempo Nets team on Wednesday.
News: Westbrook produced 23 points (9-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Monday's 98-89 win over the Jazz.
Impact: Westbrook fell two dimes shy of a triple-double but provided a little bit of everything in this one. Wednesday's matchup with a Nets team that plays at a much faster pace than the Jazz projects as a promising matchup for those thinking about shelling out for Westbrook in daily leagues.
News: Schroder recorded 24 points (10-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes during Monday's 98-89 win over the Jazz.
Impact: Schroder paced the Thunder in scoring while amassing double figures for the ninth consecutive contest. He has earned at least 30 minutes in seven of the last 10 games and continues to maintain a fairly high usage rate as the team's third-best offensive player behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
News: Morris is doubtful to return to Monday's game against the Jazz after leaving the game with neck soreness, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morris managed just eight minutes Monday before being forced to leave with neck soreness. If he is unable to return, he should be considered questionable for Wednesday against the Nets.
News: Burton and the Thunder agreed to terms on a multi-year deal Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The main implication is that Burton's two-way contract has now been converted to a full NBA deal, so he'll be playoff-eligible with a little more security. The details of the contract have not been disclosed, but it likely includes a team option or partial guarantee.
News: Noel ended with six points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 16 minutes during Friday's 118-110 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Noel was dynamic off the bench Friday, providing solid effort on both ends of the floor. He has the best +/- of any of the Thunder players and may have seen more court time had he not been in foul trouble himself. Noel typically sees too few minutes to have any real value outside of being a blocks streamer.
News: Morris tallied 12 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes during Friday's 118-110 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Morris played well off the bench for the Thunder on Friday, helping keep things close down the stretch. He has struggled to have any real fantasy value since moving to Oklahoma City and the fact he only played 17 minutes with many of the starting unit in foul trouble, does not bode well for things moving forward. He can be left on the waivers in all competitive formats at this stage.
News: George produced 15 points (5-16 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, and one assist in 28 minutes during Friday's 118-110 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: George fouled out after just 28 minutes Friday, ending the game with 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting. On the second night of a back-to-back, many of the Thunder players appeared lethargic and the reduced playing time may not be an altogether bad thing for George. Despite continuing to put up some gaudy numbers, George has struggled with his shot of late. Whether this is related to his shoulder injury is not clear, however, it is something for his owners to monitor moving forward.
News: Westbrook totaled 32 points (12-23 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 6-8 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and one block in 32 minutes during Friday's 118-110 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Westbrook finished with 32 points Friday, before fouling out after just 32 minutes. Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams all fouled out, certainly making it hard for themselves in attempting to get the win. Westbrook has been shooting the ball well of late but has seen his supporting numbers take a small hit. He also received his 15 technical foul in this game which means he is only one away from a mandatory suspension.
News: Adams tallied 12 points (6-11 FG), seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 39 minutes during Thursday's 129-121 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Adams recovered from a slow start to finish with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting, adding seven rebounds, and four combined defensive stats. He had no rhythm during the first two quarters but had some big plays down the stretch as the Thunder were able to hold off their division rivals in an overtime classic. Adams has put together a strong season, especially on the defensive end where he is a constant source of both blocks and steals.
News: Westbrook totaled 37 points (14-28 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, and three assists in 40 minutes during Thursday's 129-121 victory over Portland.
Impact: Westbrook and Damian Lillard put on a show Thursday, both leading the way for their respective teams in what could be a preview of their first-round playoff matchup. Westbrook shot the ball once again, hitting 14 of his 28 shot attempts, ending with 37 points. The supporting numbers were certainly fewer than what we are used to but owners have to be thrilled with his efficiency and points total.
News: George finished with 32 points (7-23 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 17-20 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 43 minutes during Thursday's 129-121 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: George continued to struggle from the field Thursday, ending with just 7-of-23 shooting. He still managed to score 32 points on the back of 20 trips to the free-throw line. It's possible his shoulder is still giving him some trouble although it doesn't appear as though the injury is too serious. TheThunder will have to back up against the Clippers on Friday in another important matchup. Barring any news of resting, George should be ready to go.
News: Patterson (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the court during Tuesday's 131-120 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Patterson has appeared in just one of seven games since the All-Star break, finishing with two rebounds in five minutes during last Thursday's loss to the 76ers. The recent addition of Markieff Morris has pushed Patterson so far out of the regular rotation that he received playing time in only one of the three games that Paul George (shoulder) missed prior to Tuesday's return to the lineup.
News: Schroder supplied 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, and four rebounds in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 131-120 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Schroder returned to a reserve role with Paul George (shoulder) returning to the lineup following a three-game absence. As per usual, Schroder saw the fifth-most minutes behind George, Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, and Jerami Grant, with the 25-year-old point guard extending his streak of double-digit scoring to six tilts. Most of Schroder's per-game averages have slipped some here in 2018-19, but he is posting career highs in rebounds (3.5) and made threes (1.5) per contest.
News: Westbrook collected 38 points (15-28 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-7 FT), 13 rebounds, and six assists in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 131-120 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Westbrook was highly efficient from the field and beyond the arc, though he did struggle at the charity stripe. Given his unreal production in terms of counting stats, fantasy owners should consider anything Westbrook offers from an efficiency standpoint to be icing on the cake. Lately there has been a lot of icing, as the 30-year-old point guard has made at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts in four of seven games since the All-Star break.
News: George registered 25 points (8-25 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 131-120 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: George rejoined the lineup following a three-game absence with a shoulder injury and struggled to find his form from the field. Moreover, he didn't do as much damage as usual across the other categories. George will look to get back on track during Thursday's bout with a Trail Blazers team that sports the same 39-25 record.
News: Schroder will come off the bench Tuesday against the Timberwolves, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: With Paul George (shoulder) back in the fold, Schroder will resume his usual role as a reserve. In that role this season, he's averaging 14.9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds across 27.3 minutes.
News: George (shoulder) is active and will start in Tuesday's tilt against the Timberwolves, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: The plan was for George to test things out pregame, and that clearly went well. He will return from a three-game absence, and presumably take on his usual workload barring any setbacks.
News: George (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: George will test things out pregame to see if he can return from a right shoulder injury that's cost him three straight games. If he does play, he'll likely return to the starting five
News: George (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.
Impact: According to Steve McGehee of KWTV Sports in Oklahoma City, head coach Billy Donovan said that George did more on-court work this morning but didn't provide much clarity on his status. George will likely end up being a game-time call Tuesday night, and if he is unable to play for the fourth straight game, Dennis Schroder would remain in the starting lineup.
News: Grant managed 13 points (3-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one block across 37 minutes in the Thunder's 99-95 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Impact: Grant still managed a serviceable final line, but a second straight sub-par shooting performance prevented his night from being even bigger. Grant has now shot just 32.0 percent over his first two games of March, including 20.0 percent on 10 attempts from three-point range. The 24-year-old is still steady as ever on the boards, however, and Sunday's assist tally was actually a season-high figure. Grant will look to get back on track offensively in a favorable positional matchup versus the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
News: Nader delivered 15 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist and two steals across 23 minutes in the Thunder's 99-95 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Impact: A successful night from three-point range and a perfect showing from the charity stripe helped prop up Nader's final line significantly, and the continued absence of Paul George (shoulder) ensured extended minutes. Nader has proven capable of production along the lines of what he contributed Sunday on a handful of occasions this season, but with his minutes typically in the teens or single digits when George his healthy, he remains under consideration in only the deepest of formats.
News: Adams collected 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-6 FT), 22 rebounds, two steals and one block across 32 minutes in the Thunder's 99-95 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Impact: Adams dominated on the glass throughout the contest and came just one rebound short of his career high. The veteran big man hauled in 12 of his boards in the first half, and he's now generated three straight double-doubles and six consecutive double-digit scoring efforts overall. Adams hasn't really seen a bump in usage with Paul George (shoulder) out the last three games, but his typical levels of production keep his value steady across all formats.
News: Schroder supplied 17 points (6-22 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block across 41 minutes in the Thunder's 99-95 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Impact: Schroder's rebound total was a career-best figure during his second straight start for Paul George (shoulder). The veteran guard now has five straight double-digit scoring efforts, a particularly notable feat considering he's actually shot under 30.0 percent in three of those contests. The 25-year-old enjoys a solid allotment of minutes even when he comes off the bench, so his value remains steady irrespective of where he's on the depth chart.
News: Westbrook furnished 22 points (7-20 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block across 36 minutes in the Thunder's 99-95 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Impact: Westbrook wasn't exactly sharp with his shot, but he got hot when it counted most. The perennial All-Star notched 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped OKC erase a 13-point deficit over the final seven minutes. Westbrook has actually seen his overall numbers drop in the current three-game absence of Paul George (shoulder), but what constitutes a downturn for him still equates to a stellar showing for most players. Westbrook will be lined up for another particularly heavy workload Tuesday if George misses a fourth straight contest against the Timberwolves.
News: George (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: George will miss his third straight game Sunday as he continues to deal with a right shoulder injury. The Thunder are currently taking it game-by-game, so he should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves. Markieff Morris and Abdel Nader should continue to see extended action in George's absence.
News: Noel had two points (0-1 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one steal, and one block in nine minutes during Saturday's 116-102 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Noel was a non-factor in this one while Steven Adams logged a double-double in just 25 minutes of action. The Thunder opted to go small for extended stretches of this game, leaving Noel on the bench for the vast majority of the contest. He'll almost certainly see an uptick in minutes during Sunday's tilt versus the Grizzlies, but Noel is not an appealing option outside of deeper formats.
News: Felton finished with 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and one assist in 22 minutes during Saturday's 116-102 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Felton saw fairly significant minutes since Dennis Schroder stepped into a starting role with Paul George (shoulder) sidelined. With that being said, Felton has reached double figures in scoring just four times across 21 appearances this season, and the 34-year-old point guard is no longer a viable option in fantasy.
News: Nader had two points (1-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Saturday's 116-102 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Nader matched his career high assist total while earning 20-plus minutes for the fourth time through 43 appearances this season. The absence of Paul George (shoulder) undoubtedly played a part in Nader earning a combined 42 minutes across the last two tilts. Still, the 25-year-old wing has carved out a decent role off the bench, though he can still be left on waiver wires in most leagues.
News: Morris will come off the bench Saturday against the Spurs.
Impact: Morris started in place of Paul George (shoulder) during OKC's previous contest, but coach Billy Donovan will opt to give Dennis Schroder the starting nod this time around. Since joining the Thunder, Morris is averaging 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds across 17.5 minutes.
News: Schroder will start Saturday against the Spurs.
Impact: With Paul George (shoulder) out, Markieff Morris got the start during the Thunder's previous game. However, coach Billy Donovan will opt to switch things up against the Spurs, giving Schroder the nod.
News: George (shoulder) is listed as out for Saturday's tilt with the Spurs, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: George, who's listed on the injury report as out for Saturday's game against the Spurs, originally experienced pain after playing 40 minutes Tuesday against the Nuggets and clearly continues to feel limited by the injury. It's unclear how long George is expected to miss as the Thunder haven't provided a clear timeline, but Saturday will mark his second-straight absence. Look Markieff Morris and Abdel Nader to see a boost in run for however long George remains out.
News: Morris finished with 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and a steal over 37 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Morris came out strong in his fourth game in Oklahoma City, and he seems to be recovering well from his neck surgery. He's been a welcomed addition to Billy Donovan and company, but his general fantasy production is best reserved for deeper leagues.
News: Grant finished with 23 points (10-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and a steal over 27 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Grant tied Russell Westbrook for the team lead in scoring in this one, hitting two threes and draining over 50.0 percent of his shots from the floor. Already experiencing a career year, Grant has stepped up his production even more over the last three games, averaging 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
News: Adams finished with 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist and one steal over 32 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Adams produced a big double-double in Thursday's loss. The performance isn't surprising, as he's been an important piece of the Thunder's success this season, averaging career highs in points (14.7) and rebounds (9.4).
News: Westbrook finished with 23 points (8-14 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 6-9 FT), 11 assists, 11 rebounds, a steal and a block over 38 minutes in the Thunder's loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: Westbrook produced his first double-double in four games after recording an NBA-record 11 straight prior to Feb. 22. He had a horrendous shooting night, jacking up 24 shots and hitting only eight of them, including going 1-9 from deep. Westbrook won't ever be an efficient player, but as long as he's given the green light to shoot, he'll find a way to score. His propensity for triple-doubles makes him an elite option across all formats.
News: Morris will start at small forward Thursday against Philadelphia, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morris will take the place of Paul George, who has been ruled out Thursday due to shoulder soreness. Morris is just returning from an extended absence himself, as he missed 20 games with a neck injury. In his first three contests back from injury, he's averaging 5.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist.
News: George has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the 76ers due to right shoulder soreness, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unclear exactly when the injury stems from, as George is coming off a performance in Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets where he played 40 minutes, but it is severe enough to cost the MVP candidate at least one game. There doesn't appear to be much concern surrounding George's injured shoulder, but in his absence Thursday, both Markieff Morris and Abdel Nader should be in line for a boost in minutes on the wing.
News: Grant ended with 23 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 121-112 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Grant put up his highest points total in almost six weeks Tuesday, coming away with 23 points on an efficient 9-of-12 shooting. He added a pair of blocked shots, adding to his already impressive resume from this season. He has been a real breakout thus far and is a big part of why the Thunder have been so successful. The addition of Markieff Morris does not appear to have impacted Grant's playing time and he should continue to be a steady top-60 player moving forward.
News: Westbrook compiled 22 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-8 FT), 14 rebounds, and nine assists in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 121-112 loss to Denver.
Impact: Westbrook attempted just 14 field goals Tuesday, ending with 22 points in the loss to the Nuggets. He also failed to record a defensive stat and shot just 4-of-8 from the free-throw line. He had been playing well prior to this one and despite the negatives, he still managed 14 rebounds and nine assists.
News: George finished with 25 points (7-24 FG, 3-14 3Pt, 8-8 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and six steals in 40 minutes during Tuesday's 121-112 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: George struggled from the field Tuesday, hitting just 7-of-24 from the field including 3-of-14 from the three-point line. He salvaged the line by hitting all eight of his free throws as well as matching his season-high with six steals. George is in a mini-slump on the offensive end right now, shooting a combined 11-of-43 from the field in his last two games. He will be better than this on most nights and will have a chance to get things going again when the Thunder host the 76ers on Thursday.
News: Hopson re-signed Sunday with the Thunder on a second 10-day deal, RealGM.com reports.
Impact: Hopson didn't see the court in any of the Thunder's three games since he first signed with the team Feb. 13 but apparently made enough of an impression in practices to stick around as wing depth for another week and a half. Don't expect the 29-year-old to be included in coach Billy Donovan's rotation for the duration of his stint with Oklahoma City barring a barrage of injuries.
News: Morris ended with 10 points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, and two blocks in 20 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Morris played 20 minutes in his second game for the Thunder, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Many of the starters appeared flat after Friday's double-overtime game meaning Morris was able to increase his playing time. His role will likely be to backup Jerami Grant as an energy player off the bench, which is going to make it hard to have any value outside of deeper formats.
News: George totaled 14 points (4-19 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds, and five assists in 38 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 loss to Sacramento.
Impact: George appeared lethargic Saturday, which is unsurprising given the double-overtime thriller from the night prior. This was George's lowest points total since back on November 2 and owners simply have to give him a pass here, and move on to the next game. The Thunder will get a couple of nights off before traveling to Denver to face the Nuggets in what should be a mouthwatering matchup.
News: Westbrook finished with 41 points (15-30 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Westbrook scored in excess of 40 points for the third straight game but could not help the Thunder avoid a three-point loss. He has been far more aggressive on the offensive end, both in field-goal attempts and shooting percentage. He has hit over 50 percent of his shots in all three games, a feat that seems unlikely to stick moving forward. The increase in scoring has resulted in a slight dip to his assist numbers and his turnovers are still astronomical.
News: Ferguson poured in 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt) and added one assist across 27 minutes in the Thunder's 148-147 double overtime win over the Jazz on Friday.
Impact: Although he essentially did nothing but score, Ferguson's contributions were solid yet again coming out of the All-Star break. The second-year guard has successfully transitioned from offensive afterthought to a relatively dependable complementary asset on the first unit, posting five double-digit scoring tallies in the last seven games alone. While his other high-usage teammates will naturally dominate the flow of the offense, Ferguson has increasingly carved out a niche for himself with improved overall shooting (44.1 percent) and three-point accuracy (38.4 percent).
News: Grant (ankle) furnished 18 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two steals across 41 minutes in the Thunder's 148-147 double overtime win over the Jazz on Friday.
Impact: One of Grant's three blocks on the night was especially valuable, as it came on a Donovan Mitchell attempt at the end of regulation that could have sealed the win for the Jazz. Grant's well-rounded line was just the latest in a career-best season, as the 24-year-old has emerged as a highly dependable source of complementary production alongside the superstar duo of Paul George and Russell Westbrook. Factoring in Friday's contest, Grant is averaging career highs in points (13.2) and rebounds (5.1), supplementing those figures with an impressive 1.4 blocks per contest.
News: Adams posted 16 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, five steals and one block across 47 minutes in the Thunder's 148-147 double overtime win over the Jazz on Friday.
Impact: Adams provided excellent complementary production on a night when teammates Paul George and Russell Westbrook combined for 93 of the team's points. The big man also extended his February streak of multiple steals to eight contests with his game-high tally, while his double-double was actually his first since Jan. 24. Adams' usage, albeit in elevated minutes, was a welcome sight as well, as he'd taken single-digit shot attempts the last four games prior to the All-Star break.
News: Westbrook totaled 43 points (15-29 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 7-10 FT), 15 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block across 43 minutes in the Thunder's 148-147 double overtime win over the Jazz on Friday.
Impact: Westbrook did see his streak of 11 consecutive triple-doubles come to an end, but had he not fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime period, it likely would have continued The perennial All-Star otherwise enjoyed an outstanding night, and his accuracy from the floor was a particularly welcome way for Westbrook to kick off the post-All-Star-break portion of the campaign. The 11-year veteran has been scuffling through one of the worst shooting seasons of his distinguished NBA tenure, even generating a career-low 65.7 percent success rate from the free-throw line. Westbrook had also drained 60.0 percent of his attempts in his way to a 44-point night versus the Pelicans in the Thunder's last game prior to the extended layoff, so fantasy owners will certainly hope a trend is developing in that regard.
News: George produced 45 points (17-31 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 6-6 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 50 minutes in the Thunder's 148-147 double overtime win over the Jazz on Friday.
Impact: Just another MVP-caliber line for George, who kicked off the stretch run of his career-best season by draining the winning shot over Rudy Gobert with under a second remaining in the second overtime period. It was simply an extension of the stellar caliber of play that George had been exhibiting well before the All-Star break, and his final tally served as his third of more than 40 points in the last four games. George is also enjoying a lights-out shooting month, as he's posted a success rate of 54.5 percent or better in four February contests and is finding the net on 48.0 percent of his attempts overall during the month.
News: Morris (neck) fully participated in Thursday's practice, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morris had been battling a neck injury since just after Christmas, but he appears to be fully recovered coming out of the All-Star break. The versatile forward, who hasn't played since Dec. 26, signed with the Thunder a week ago and could make his debut as early as Friday night against Utah. Morris will likely come off the bench behind Jerami Grant, and his addition could spell the end of Patrick Patterson's time in the regular rotation.
News: Morris (neck) fully participated in Thursday's practice, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morris had been battling a neck injury since just after Christmas, but he appears to be fully recovered coming out of the All-Star break. The versatile forward, who hasn't played since Dec. 26, signed with the Thunder a week ago and could make his debut as early as Friday night against Utah. Morris will likely come off the bench behind Jerami Grant, and his addition could spell the end of Patrick Patterson's time in the regular rotation.
News: Schroder (personal) practiced Thursday, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Schroder missed the Thunder's past two games due to the birth of his child, but it appears the guard will be available soon. More information on his status for Friday's game against the Jazz may arrive following morning shootaround.
News: Grant (ankle) participated in practice Thursday, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Grant has missed the Thunder's past two games due to a sprained right ankle, but it appears he's close to fully recovered. Expect Grant to return to action Friday night against the Jazz, when new addition Markieff Morris could make his Thunder debut.
News: Westbrook totaled 17 points (8-20 FG, 1-8 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and a steal over 19 minutes in Team Giannis' loss to Team LeBron in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Impact: Westbrook had a poor night shooting the ball, and he wasn't able to come up with solid production rebounding or facilitating. He played only 19 minutes off the bench, but despite his 17 points, it was not a good performance for Westbrook. He'll try to record his 12th consecutive triple-double when the Thunder return from the All-Star break.
News: George totaled 20 points (7-14 FG, 6-12 3Pt), four assists, three steals and two rebounds over 26 minutes in Team Giannis' loss to Team LeBron in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Impact: George, who leads the league in steals with 2.3 per game, swiped three in this one. He's also averaging 28.7 points per game and in his second season in Oklahoma City, George has made a strong case for MVP with his stellar play on both ends of the floor.
News: Coach Billy Donovan said Thursday that Roberson (kneecap) has yet to resume on-court activities, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's fairly concerning that Roberson isn't even going through light drills after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in late May, but Donovan said he remains optimistic the wing will contribute at some point this season. Even if Donovan's prediction comes to pass, Roberson won't represent much of a fantasy asset. Over his 39 appearances in 2017-18, Roberson shot an excellent 53.7 percent from the field but averaged only 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game.
News: George produced 28 points (11-29 FG, 3-17 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block in 41 minutes during Thursday's 131-122 loss to New Orleans.
Impact: George struggled from the field Thursday but still ended with 28 points in the loss to New Orleans. The Thunder shot just 10-of-44 from the three-point line with George going 3-of-17. He had shot the ball exceptionally over the past two games and this could have been a case of tiredness heading into the All-Star break. The Thunder are primed to make a run at the number one seed in the Western conference and George should continue to be a beast down the stretch.
News: Patterson compiled just five points (2-8 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and three rebounds in 15 minutes during Thursday's 131-122 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Patterson drew his second consecutive start in place of Jerami Grant (ankle) but once again struggled to produce while not benefiting from any sot of major bump in playing time. Even if Grant remains sidelined after the All-Star break, Patterson hasn't shown enough to warrant much attention in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: Noel totaled 22 points (10-16 FG, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 22 minutes during Thursday's 131-122 loss to New Orleans.
Impact: Noel scored a season-high 22 points Thursday, taking advantage of the absence of Jerami Grant (ankle). Noel came off the bench behind Patrick Patterson, however, was certainly the primary beneficiary. He even spent time on the floor next to Steven Adams which is certainly an interesting development. The Thunder signed Markieff Morris earlier in the day and his arrival could have an impact on what value Noel had been holing down.
News: Westbrook finished with 44 points (18-30 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks, and one steal in 39 minutes during Thursday's 131-122 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: It was a rare efficient performance from Westbrook, who rode his sharp shooting from the field and charity stripe to a new season high in scoring. He also extended his NBA record by notching his 11th straight triple-double. Fantasy managers shouldn't count on Westbrook to regularly hit more than half of his shots or hit free throws at an above-average clip, but those shortcomings can be forgiven when he's regularly putting up ridiculous counting numbers.
News: Patterson will start at power forward in Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Patterson is starting in place of Jerami Grant (ankle). Though 56 games, Patterson is averaging just 14.7 minutes per outing, but he'll figure to see an uptick while in the starting lineup.
News: Morris has agreed to a contract with the Thunder, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morris, who was released by the Pelicans on Feb 7., was given clearance by doctors earlier this week to play. In joining the Thunder, Morris figures to slot in as a reserve frontcourt option, even potentially playing some small-ball center for OKC in matchups that dictate the change. He might struggle to find the 26.0 minutes per game he was seeing with Washington earlier in the year considering the impressive play of Jerami Grant at power forward, but Morris could be worth a speculative add in a variety of fantasy formats.
News: Grant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, as Grant was expected to miss the remainder of the games up until the All-Star break. Following Thursday's game, Grant will have a week to rest the ankle and get closer to one hundred percent, and should be considered questionable for next Friday's contest against the Jazz.
News: Schroder (personal) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Schroder appears to be set to miss his second-straight game due to the birth of his child. Unless anything changes, veteran Raymond Felton will inherit most of the minutes created by Schroder's absence.
News: Hopson will sign a 10-day contract with the Pelicans on Thursday, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
Impact: Hopson has spent the season with the Thunder's G League affiliate, and he'll now join the NBA club for what could be a temporary stint. Since Hopson is not designated as a two-way player, the Thunder can sign him to two 10-day deals before having to either sign him for the rest of the season or send him back to the G League.
News: Schroder (personal) is questionable to play Thursday against the Pelicans, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Schroder missed Monday's game against the Blazers following the birth of his child, and he did not practice with the team Wednesday. Billy Donovan stopped short of ruling Schroder out, but at this point it's unclear if he'll rejoin the team in New Orleans. In Schroder's absence Monday, veteran Raymond Felton returned to the rotation and saw 21 minutes of action off the bench.
News: Grant (ankle) is not expected to be available for Thursday's matchup against the Pelicans, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A right ankle sprain will probably keep Grant out through the All-Star break. As a result, Patrick Patterson is a strong candidate to make a second straight start.
News: Solomon will sign a 10-day contract with the Thunder, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Solomon has spent all of the 2018-19 campaign with the Oklahoma City Blue of the G League, and he will now get a shot at the big leagues. The Thunder have just one game before the All-Star break, however, so his only opportunity to play under this contract will be Thursday in New Orleans.
News: Felton produced 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two steals, one rebound, and one assist in 21 minutes during Monday's 120-111 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: With Alex Abrines recently getting released and Dennis Schroder (personal) sitting out Monday, the Thunder dusted off Felton and inserted him back into the rotation. Despite having logged no game action since Dec. 30, Felton displayed little rust while providing some useful scoring off the bench. It's possible that Felton could use this outing as a springboard to stick in the rotation moving forward, but his playing time will almost certainly decline once Schroder is back in action.
News: Burton tallied 18 points (7-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and three blocks in 26 minutes during Monday's 120-111 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Burton came out of nowhere to score a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Jerami Grant (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (personal) were both out for this one which afforded Burton additional playing time. We would need to see a lot more of this before taking a look and the production can be viewed as more of an anomaly.
News: Westbrook totaled 21 points (5-19 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 10-13 FT), 14 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 120-111 victory over Portland.
Impact: The triple-double was Westbrook's 10th consecutive, establishing a new NBA record. He's on pace to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season and continues to produce outstanding raw statistics, but his shooting from the field, free-throw line and three-point range remain major blights on his fantasy profile. He's now shot under 40 percent in four straight contests while attempting 17.5 shots per game during that stretch.
News: George finished with 47 points (15-26 FG, 8-13 3Pt, 9-11 FT), 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals in 43 minutes during Monday's 120-111 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Take James Harden out of the equation and George would likely be among the favorites for the Most Valuable Player award. His numbers of late have been spectacular, as he's scored at least 36 points in seven of his past nine games. During that period, he's connected on 51 three-pointers while racking up 19 steals. He's clearly the primary offensive weapon these days for the Thunder, a role that Russell Westbrook has thankfully relinquished.