Thunder without Jerami Grant, Dennis Schroder against Portland

The Thunder was expecting to miss Jerami Grant on Monday. It will be without Dennis Schroder as well.

Grant and Schroder will both miss Monday’s game against Portland, according to Thunder coach Billy Donovan. Grant was ruled out with a right ankle sprain he sustained in the fourth quarter Saturday in the Thunder’s 117-112 win against Houston.

Schroder, Donovan said, was ruled out due to a personal matter. Donovan did not provide any insight as to how long Schroder would be out of it his absence was a one-game scenario. “I don’t want to comment any further past right now,” Donovan said.”

The Thunder’s depth will be tested even more Monday. OKC waived Alex Abrines on Saturday after the three-year veteran missed 19 of 22 games due to illness and what was described as a personal matter by the Thunder.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in Raymond (Felton),” Donovan said. “He’s done a great job from the bench when he has not been playing, in practice, working out, staying engaged. I’ve got all the confidence in him.

“We’ll have to obviously play some younger guys. Hami’s ( Hamidou Diallo) back with us. (Deonte) Burton played in the Houston game. Abdel Nader. We’ve got some guys we’ll have to see how the game’s going rotation-wise, and we’ll probably try to rotate accordingly.”

Schroder had been red-hot entering Monday’s game, shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (23-of-46) in the Thunder’s last 10 games, averaging 17.2 points per game.

The Thunder has one more game (Thursday at New Orleans) before the All-Star break.

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Source:: Daily times


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