Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault on SGA, who is on the court lightly shooting around right now: “He’s on a return to play. A lot of his stuff is in the weight room. He’s like an addict. I don’t know if we can keep him away from the court. (Laughs). In terms of the time table, I’m not sure.”
Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss a significant amount of time due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “Obviously when we’ve got a guy out for maintenance or for rest, it’s easy to be in the moment and wonder why we’re doing that, but I think this makes it very tangible,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said Wednesday.
Daigneault was referencing the wear and tear of a condensed 2020-21 schedule which followed a shortened offseason. Gilgeous-Alexander has had two “maintenance” days since the All-Star break, but Wednesday night against the Grizzlies was not one of those. “This one is an injury that we need to now take a look at,” Daigneault said.
Joe Mussatto: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as out tonight with right foot plantar fasciitis. George Hill, Darius Bazley and Josh Hall remain out. It looks like Al Horford will play.
Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play today. The other four usual starters Lu Dort, Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley and Al Horford are out. Mark Daigneault will wait until closer to game time to announce the starters.
Joe Mussatto: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be available tonight after missing the last four games with a left knee sprain. Al Horford (rest) is out on the second night of a back-to-back.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder will once again be down to eight players tonight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is back on the injury report with a left knee sprain. pic.twitter.com/0CV5k2LGDk
Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault says the team is just exercising caution with Shai: “It’s nothing really serious.” Thunder will see how SGA responds to treatment. Seems like it’s nothing to worry about.
October 27, 2021 | 9:04 pm EDT Update
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams praised Harrison Barnes, who’s averaging 28.3 PPG so far this season: “He’s scoring at an elite level, and he’s doing it in transition.” Notes that limiting him and De’Aaron Fox on the break will be important tonight
October 27, 2021 | 8:41 pm EDT Update
Cassidy Hubbarth: David Griffin told me that Zion is expected to get scans on his right foot by the end of this week & that will dictate how they progress from one stage to the next. Right now he hasn’t been cleared to play, he is doing one on none, no explosive work, running just straight lines.
Atlanta Hawks PR: With his fourth point tonight, Trae Young has 5,000 points for his career in his 208th game, becoming the fastest player in Hawks franchise history to reach that total. The five fastest are Young, Pettit (212), Pete Maravich (218), Joe Johnson (227) and Dominique Wilkins (230).