The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Boston Celtics on Saturday night in Oklahoma City, tip-off is not set until 8 p.m. central time so a bit of a late-night despite being at home in a non-national TV game. This marks the Thunder’s first game since the trade deadline however, the team will not have recently acquired Tony Bradley nor Austin Rivers in this game. Neither has reported to Oklahoma City just yet. Of course, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is still out with a foot injury, and will be for “A significant amount of time”. Darius Bazley (Shoulder) is still out for the Thunder but Oklahoma City does get back two-way guard Josh Hall. Hall had been sidelined with a knee injury dating back to the G-League Bubble but is off the injury report right now.
Expect Hall to get more minutes for the Thunder as they continue to explore the roster. The North Carolina native who skipped college has a ton of interesting tools, and many expected him to be the next two-way star, not Moses Brown. Hall has logged seven NBA games to this point of his career.
According to the team-issued game notes, the Boston Celtics will be without Kemba Walker, Tristian Thompson, Romeo Langford, and Semi Ojeieye in this game against the Thunder. This points to the debut of newly acquired guard Evan Fournier for the C’s.
UPDATE: The 4:30 injury report has now listed Evan Fournier as OUT for tonights game against the Thunder.
Even at home, the Thunder are a six-point underdog against the Celtics. A mixture of missing star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and exploring their roster leads to this line by Vegas. Give me Boston -6 in this contest, and Ty Jerome to lead the team in three-pointers for Locked on Thunder listeners.
Mike Muscala, according to Mark Daigneault will take on a role much of the same from what we have seen post-All-Star break. Expect no minutes from the veteran big man who is having one of the better years of his career.
UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that Al Horford is no longer going to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder this year.
Mark Daigneault confirmed that Al Horford is no longer going to play in games, though he will remain with the team, practicing and supporting his teammates but will not travel with the team.
Mark Daigneault also confirmed that Josh Hall will be available and in the rotation for the Thunder tonight.
Mark Daigneault adds that Tony Bradley is in Oklahoma City and will join the team eventually. However, Austin Rivers, is still working on the next steps with Thunder GM Sam Presti. The deadline to buy players out with playoff eligibility is April 9th.