NOV 6’ 4:30 PM : Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who had a knee injury, has been given the green light to participate in the game against the Hawks on Monday. Additionally, Head Coach Mark Daigneault has confirmed that Shai will be playing his usual amount of minutes tonight.
NOV 6’ 11:30 AM : Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) has now been upgraded to questionable for Monday vs Hawks. He has been actively preparing during the teams’ shootaround session in anticipation of this evening’s matchup.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander getting some work in at shoot around ahead of tonight’s game against the Hawks pic.twitter.com/KybkZLX7be
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Kenrich Williams (Back) and Keyontae Johnson (GL) remain sidelined.
NOV 5’ : The Thunder’s roster might be missing some of its marquee star power, with the recent announcement that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander won’t be able to participate in the game against the Atlanta Hawks due to a left knee sprain, missing two consecutive games on the road.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) listed out for Monday.
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Shai’s most recent performance this season took place against the New Orleans Pelicans, a game where the Thunder let a 20-point lead slip away.
Despite the defeat, he contributed 20 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals, shooting at a 40% accuracy rate.
In his five appearances this season, Shai has been maintaining averages of 24.8 points, 6.6 assists, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.6 steals, with shooting percentages of 47% from the field, 26% from beyond the arc, and 92% from the free-throw line.
While he hasn’t quite rediscovered his three-point precision, and he’s scoring slightly fewer points than last season, it’s still early in the season.
Cason Wallace, Josh Giddey, and Vasilije Micic could potentially see extended playing time on Monday, as Gilgeous-Alexander’s next opportunity to take the court will be next Wednesday when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Regarding the injury status of the Hawks, both Kobe Bufkin with a left thumb fracture and Wesley Matthews with a mild right calf strain are out.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks are scheduled to go head-to-head tomorrow night at the Paycom Center.