Thunder Notes : Jalen Williams out vs Bulls, Roster Moves and More

Jalen Williams, nursing a left hip strain, is about to miss consecutive games, a rarity for him this season.

Word from Thunder headcoach Mark Daigneault suggests that he’s likely to be OUT in the upcoming face-off against the Chicago Bulls, following his no-show in Sunday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

In that matchup, Cason Wallace stepped into the starting lineup, experiencing more of a cardio-focused outing with modest contributions of two points, a rebound, and a steal in 21 minutes.

Despite the Thunder’s convincing victory over the Blazers, Wallace’s impact was relatively subdued.

On a positive note, Isaiah Joe has been on fire from beyond the arc, converting 14 of his last 17 three-point attempts over the past three games, making him a intriguing option for Wednesday’s game.

With J-Dub on the sidelines, the team, otherwise in good health, aims to extend its winning streak to six games against the Chicago Bulls.

However, it’s anticipated that Williams will return to action against the Philadelphia Sixers on Friday.

Roster Moves :

Head coach Mark Daigneault has confirmed roster changes for the Thunder, revealing that Pokusevski and Tre Mann are currently practicing with the Blue for their G League assignments, as noted by Clemente Almanza of Thunderwire. 

However, their absence is expected to be brief, as they are slated to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s face-off against the Bulls.

Cason Wallace’s development:

Regarding Cason Wallace’s defensive role against Steph Curry in the recent Thunder win over the Warriors, Daigneault emphasized its significance in Wallace’s development.

“It’s important for his development but he’s also earned it. We weren’t doing it solely for his development. We were doing it because he’s shown he can help us in those situations.”

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