The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to bounce back against the L.A. Clippers on the second night of the LaLa Land back-to-back. After falling to the Lakers last night, 112-105, the Thunder will be right back at it at 9:30 CST in L.A.
In the Oklahoma City Thunder's impressive win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had six and-ones, including a hoop and the harm that featured a clanking of the knees with Magic Guard Jalen Suggs.
That led Gilgeous-Alexander to be listed as questionable (knee) heading into Monday's clash with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Superstar guard was a "true game time decision" according to the Thunder bench boss.
After going through his pregame routine, the Oklahoma City Thunder elected to play their max contract point guard as he went for 24 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block in the Thunder's loss.
Is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander playing against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 16th, 2024?
On the second night of a back-to-back team's do not need to report their injury report until 1 p.m. local time, and many wondered how the Oklahoma City Thunder would handle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in this situation.
While it is the second night of a back-to-back, on TNT, against a good Clippers squad, Gilgeous-Alexander did not look himself on Monday. Many speculated he could rest today to ensure he gets back to 100-percent.
As everyone waited around for the Thunder to file an injury report, the L.A. Clippers listed Ivica Zubac (Calf) and Moussa Diabate (Hand) as OUT for this clash with Oklahoma City.
Eventually, the OKC Thunder released their injury report which was blank, conveying that the Oklahoma City Thunder squad is fully healthy.
This means Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) will play on the second night of a back-to-back against the L.A. Clippers on TNT, and the Thunder roughly 30 minutes before tip off will list three healthy inactives to get down to the 15 player requirement.
This is a clash between two of the best team's in the NBA's Western Conference, and sure to be a good one. Make sure you stay tuned to Thunderous Intentions for game grades, takeaways, and more.