The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Lakers in LA on Wednesday night and they will be without their star point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA will be sidelined in this game with a knee sprain, an injury he has dealt with over the past week. As of now, there is no need to panic as it seems like the OKC Thunder are just being cautious with their prized star. Mark Daigneault will talk with the media at 7:30 CST and this story will be updated with Mark’s comments on SGA.
The Thunder will also be without Theo Maledon (Health and Safety Protocols), George Hill (Thumb), and of course the four players who were assigned to the NBA G-League Bubble and are set to get their G-League season underway tomorrow morning.
Mike Muscala has been upgraded to available as he clears concussion protocols, along with Isaiah Roby no longer being listed on the Injury Report singling his availability for this contest. Roby was dealing with foot soreness which held him out of recent games
The Lakers injury report still lists Anthony Davis and Alex Caruso, who both missed Monday’s tilt, as questionable, with LeBron James once again tabbed as probable. The Lakers will once again be without Jared Dudley who is out with right calf soreness.
UPDATE: AD is OUT tonight for the Lakers.
Without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Theo Maledon, it is unclear what the starting lineup will be, though Justin Jackson did have a really good game against the Lakers on Monday and has started a game for Mark Daigneault before this season. This story will be updated with starters when that gets released to the media.
One thing to watch for tonight, as the Thunder are 12 point underdogs in Staples Center, is who steps up? That seems like a silly or generic question, but no matter what adversity the team faces someone always has a better than expected game. It has been a fun storyline to track all season long. For Locked on Thunder listeners, I am taking the Lakers -12 tonight.
Keep an eye on Darius Bazley who will look to take on more of the playmaking role in this game, presumably. I have always held the belief that Bazley’s elite trait is his ability to be a true ball in his hands’ playmaker. Hopefully, that is put on display today.
Defensively, the Thunder have had trouble stopping bigs down-low, what is the counterpunch from Mark Daigneault and company to try to limit Montrezl Harrell who poured in 21 points in the first matchup.