Erik Horne: Paul George (right quad contusion) upgraded to probable for Sunday against the Mavericks, Alex Abrines (stomach illness) as out, per Thunder.
Erik Horne: Thunder's injury report lists Paul George as questionable for Friday against the Suns with a right quad contusion, Alex Abrines (stomach illness) as out. Subject to change.
Erik Horne: Thunder injury report for Wednesday's game against the Warriors: Ferguson: Out (personal) Abrines: Questionable (viral illness) Grant: Questionable (right ankle sprain) Noel: Questionable (viral illness)
Erik Horne: Per Billy Donovan, Russell Westbrook , Andre Roberson, and Abdel Nader are out. Alex Abrines will play, but limited minutes. Schroder, Ferguson, TLC, Patterson and Adams starting.
Erik Horne: Skeleton crew for the Thunder’s preseason opener: Paul George not in attendance due to personal reasons. Alex Abrines (back spasms), Abdel Nader (left knee soreness) both out.
The Thunder received a bit of good news Tuesday when Alex Abrines returned to practice after back spasms have kept him out of much of the first week of training camp. Abrines returned to contact for the first time in a week. The flare up forced the 25-year-old shooting guard to miss the Thunder's Blue and White Scrimmage on Sunday.
Abdel Nader, who missed the scrimmage with left knee soreness, was rested and did not practice Tuesday. The Thunder will decide Wednesday if Abrines and Nader are available for the preseason opener against Detroit.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Nerlens Noel should be available for Sunday’s Blue and White Scrimmage, but Alex Abrines’ status is in question. Noel returned to practice Saturday after suffering a mid-foot sprain during the week. The 6-foot-11, 220-pounder was rested Friday. Donovan said the Thunder will find out more about Abrines on Sunday, as the 6-6, 200-pound shooting guard is battling back spasms.
Brett Dawson: Alex Abrines has been out of some contact this week with lower back spasms. Unclear if he’ll play in tomorrow’s Blue-White scrimmage.
Alex Abrines: Now resting and getting better!! Everything went perfect!! Thank you for your messages!! pic.twitter.com/9fAc5DnvR6
Andy Larsen: Corey Brewer is listed as questionable for Game 1 of Jazz/OKC due to his sprained right knee. Alex Abrines is out due to his concussion.
Brett Dawson: Alex Abrines and Corey Brewer did “a little bit more” today, per Billy Donovan. No contact for Abrines, some for Brewer. Thunder will know more about availability tomorrow.
Royce Young: Terrance Ferguson will start again tonight. Alex Abrines (groin) and Andre Roberson (knee) are still out.
The nagging pain in his knees — both of them, but the left more than the right — is starting to test the Thunder guard's patience. “Sometimes there's frustration,” Abrines said at Thursday's shootaround before the Thunder played the Denver Nuggets. “I want to feel for, like a week or 10 days, no pain. Just be myself. It's kind of hard.”
Thunder second-year shooting guard Alex Abrines is scheduled to make his preseason debut Tuesday night against the Nuggets after missing the first three games of the preseason with a bone bruise on his left knee.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook and Patrick Patterson did not practice. Alex Abrines was "fine," not held back.
Brett Dawson: Presti says OKC caught Abrines’ bone bruise “at the right time,” and will be “conservative” in transitioning players back onto the floor.
Abrines hyperextended his right knee playing for his native Spain in FIBA EuroBasket. And though he was held him out of the rest of the tournament – at least in part at the request of the Thunder, according to an earlier report from Spanish website MARCA – Abrines said the injury's effects didn't linger long. “I didn't feel pain at all after the first day,” he said Wednesday during a Thunder Cares visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo. “But the MRI said I had a bone bruise, so that's what keeps me (off) of the court.”
That new weight might “drop down a little bit,” he said, as he focuses less on strength and more on other parts of his game in preparation for the season. And he's anxious to be back on the court focusing less on that preparation and more on his game. “For me, I could do everything, because I don't feel any pain,” Abrines said. “It just depends on the doctors right now.”
"Today is certainly a difficult day," Abrines tweeted out in a statement that has been translated from its original Spanish. "Today I have to leave Eurobasket, something that those who know me know it hurts especially, because being part of this TEAM is an honor and a privilege. Even these days, unable to help on the court, although difficult, have been important to me. I can only thank others for worrying so much about me. Finally, this is the time and place to give all the strength in the world to my teammates, to 'The Family,' who will certainly fight until the last day to achieve our goal, winning Eurobasket."
The Spanish national team has called the Abrines injury "minor." The Thunder do not begin training camp until the last week of September. Preseason begins Oct. 3.
Following a mutual decision between the Spanish Basketball Federation and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Alex Abrines will stay out of the remainder of the EuroBasket. As reported by Spanish Marca, the knee injury that the 24-year-old swingman suffered in Game 1 of the tournament vs Montenegro is enough to cause an alarm. “There is no veto in this kind of situation. The only thing that matters is the condition of the player,” is the Federation’s position.
Gerald Bourguet: Leandro Barbosa out again tonight for PHX. No Andre Roberson (left knee soreness) or Alex Abrines (left knee sprain) for OKC. #SunsVsThunder
Fred Katz: Alex Abrines (sprained left knee) is out for tomorrow's game in Phoenix. Andre Roberson (knee soreness) is questionable.
Erik Horne: Alex Abrines injury opens up more minutes for Doug McDermott. Billy Donovan said he'll probably be in Abrines' rotation spot.
Erik Horne: Donovan said Thunder "probably escaped a little bit" in regard to Abrines injury. No timetable for return but could have been more severe.
Royce Young: Alex Abrines had an MRI that confirmed a knee sprain. He's day to day. Not with team tonight in Memphis. Could join team on this trip though
Brett Dawson: Alex Abrines is fine. Just a scratched eye. Donovan doesn't expect him to need goggles.
Fred Katz: Abrines will not return after getting poked in the left eye during the first half, per the Thunder.
Guard Alex Abrines, who has missed the Thunder's past two games with back spasms, did some “light shooting” at Saturday's practice, Donovan said, but it was unclear if he'd be ready to play Sunday when the Thunder hosts Portland. “I think he feels like it's getting better, but I don't know if he's at a point where he feels he can go out there and play yet,” Donovan said.
Royce Young: Alex Abrines is in the Thunder's locker room with back spasms and is doubtful to play tonight, per the team.
Brett Dawson: Alex Abrines is being evaluated for "concussion-like symptoms," per the Thunder. Alex Abrines: 👍😀💪⚡️🏀 I'm fine!! #ThunderUp #HAPPYNEWYEAR pic.twitter.com/Aqio3AMwK0
He didn't play after halftime. Abrines missed the next game with what the Spanish Basketball Federation called “discomfort in his left knee.” He was being rested for precautionary reasons. Abrines did play late minutes in Spain's final group game against Argentina on Monday. But the sit-down signaled a continuation of niggling injuries for Abrines in the last three years. In 2013, he missed the U20 European Championships to recover from patellar tendonitis in his right knee. In March 2015, he had to miss two weeks with FC Barcelona after tweaking the same knee in EuroLeague competition. In Aug. 2015, Abrines had to start special treatment for plantar fasciitis in his right foot while training with Spain. The common bond between his injuries: stress. Patellar tendonitis is caused by stress on the patella tendon. Plantar fasciitis can be brought on by stress on the heel and the attached tissue on the bottom of the foot. The heel pain from plantar fasciitis can also lead to problems with the knees, back or hips.
July 25, 2021 | 7:20 pm EDT Update
NBA Central: Adrian Wojnarowski expects a ‘big market’ for Kyle Lowry “You’re talking potentially $25 million-$30 million a year for Kyle Lowry, it’s going to be expensive to get at him in free agency or sign-and-trade.”
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Harrison Wind: Nuggets are holding another pre-draft workout Monday. Projected second round picks and potential two-way or Summer League fliers. – JT Thor (Auburn) – Scottie Lewis (Florida) – Juhann Begarin (France) – Feron Hunt (SMU) – Jalen Tate (Arkansas) – Ibi Watson (Dayton)
July 25, 2021 | 5:22 pm EDT Update
Ryan Ward: Team USA Basketball remains the favorite to win gold in Tokyo after today’s loss to France, according to @SportsBettingAG : USA -300, Australia +800, Spain +900, France +1100, Slovenia +1800, Italy +2500, Argentina +3300, Nigeria +4000
For something like a partial ACL tear, diagnosing that was important. What are the differences between knee sprains that affect the ACL ligament? DR. NGUYEN: So the grading scale is more of a guideline. Grade ones and grade threes are relatively straightforward in terms of treatment. The grade ones, usually non-operative, the grade threes are typically operative for elite athletes. Basketball players and soccer players, football players, are required to do a lot of cutting and pivoting.