OKC Thunder could be down a starter in important tango with Utah

The Oklahoma City Thunder might miss multiple players due to illness against the Utah Jazz in the third game of the road trip.
Jan 3, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) reacts to the
Jan 3, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) reacts to the / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder will continue their four game road trip with game number three, stop number two, as they take on the red-hot Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

So far, this road trip is off to a rocky start as the OKC Thunder head into Utah to battle the altitude. The Thunder dropped both games of the Lakers/Clippers back-to-back set, and saw superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander look sluggish in both after popping up on the injury report with a knee injury head of the L.A. landing.

While the Thunder are looking to rebound, having not dropped more than two straight games all season, there road to nipping the Jazz just got a bit tougher.

Lu Dort, others, tabbed as questionable due to an illness ahead of OKC Thunder tilt with Jazz.

When the Thunder initially turned in their injury report for this game, not a single player appeared on it. The Oklahoma City Thunder were fully healthy, just as they were in L.A.

However, as the day went on, the OKC Thunder added Lu Dort, rookie wing Keyontae Johnson, second year lottery pick Ousmane Dieng, and former first round guard Tre Mann to the injury report as questionable, all due to an illness.

Though, as we inch closer to tip off, the Thunder have announced Keyontae Johnson and Tre Mann are both upgraded to available, as we still wait for the word on Lu Dort and Ousmane Dieng.

The Utah Jazz are fully healthy only missing G League assignment players Taylor Hendricks, Brice Sensabaugh, Johnny Juzang, Micah Potter, and Jason Preston. Though, with the Salt Lake City Stars in town, any could be elevated at a moment's notice.

With Dort potentially sidelined, the Thunder have looked to rookie Cason Wallace as their swing starter each time they have needed one this season.

The Jazz enter this game, 22-20, riding a six game winning streak, and turning in a home record of 15-5. OKC will have their work cut out for them to stop this two game skid, especially if they are down a starter.

We will see if the Thunder can upgrade Dort and Dieng prior to tip-off, this story will be updated with the latest info and starting lineups for both teams.

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