News: Westbrook played 43 minutes in Game 2 Monday against the Grizzlies and scored 29 points (11-28 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block.
Impact: Although Westbrook struggled from the field, he was able to put up a nice overall performance Monday. He should continue to be an extremely valuable fantasy option as he and Kevin Durant try to lead the Thunder into the second round of the playoffs.
News: Durant excelled in Game 2 Monday against the Grizzlies as he scored 36 points (12-28 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 7-8 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 45 minutes.
Impact: Durant converted an insane four-point play towards the end of regulation that helped send this game into overtime, but the Thunder couldn't pull out the victory. Durant will continue to lead the Thunder's offense in Game 3 in Memphis.
News: Ibaka has been diagnosed with cramps and is available to return to Monday's game versus the Grizzlies, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Ibaka asked out of the game in the third quarter, after playing 33 minutes in the game, but it seems we'll see him again Monday, as the Thunder try to take a 2-0 series lead over the Grizzlies.
News: Ibaka looked to injure his right knee and asked out of Monday's game against the Grizzlies, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: With 1:12 left in the third quarter, Ibaka had notched 13 points, seven boards and one assist in 33 minutes, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to return.
News: Durant ended Saturday's victory with 33 points (13-25 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 43 minutes.
Impact: Durant was amazing yet again and by the look of the 43 minutes, coach Scott Brooks won't be afraid to play his superstar extended minutes. His increased and improved passing will be key in this playoff run.
News: Ibaka finished with 17 points (6-8 FG, 5-5 FT), nine rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes in Saturday's Game 1 victory.
Impact: Ibaka is a key cog in the Thunder's 'surge' toward the NBA Finals and the NBA's leader in total blocks added another four, including a game changing swat on Courtney Lee when Memphis was charging.
News: Perkins struggled yet again scoring just two points (1-1 FG) while grabbing four rebounds in 16 foul-plagued minutes Saturday.
Impact: Perkins has not scored in double digits since Jan. 5th, and that was the only time he has done it this season. He looked lost for a lot of the time he was on the court and Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will continue to give him trouble in this series.
News: Sefolosha went scoreless on 0-1 FG shooting and added no other stats in just 11 minutes in the start at shooting guard Saturday.
Impact: This makes the third time in his last four games that Sefolosha failed to score, but also gave no other stats either in his worst game for the season. Still, the Thunder will need his defensive abilities if they are to achieve their goal this season.
News: Westbrook scored 23 points (8-19 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT) and pulled down 10 rebounds with five assists in 33 minutes Saturday.
Impact: Westbrook was his usual explosive self in the Game 1 win Saturday and will be keen to help guide the Thunder deep into the playoffs after last season's injury.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Westbrook will be without any restrictions in the playoffs, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook will be allowed to play without any sort of minutes restriction in the playoffs, so the guard will likely play heavy minutes, aside from any blowouts. Westbrook's value should now be as high as it's been all season and looks to stay that way barring another injury.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Westbrook (rest) returned from a one-game absence Wednesday to play 34 minutes. He finished with 22 points, six rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
Impact: Westbrook was on regular rest towards the end of the season so he would be healthy for the playoffs. The odds of him resting during the postseason are slim to none, so he should be deployed as usual when the Thunder face the Grizzlies on Saturday.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The NBA's scoring champion closed out his season in style, scoring 42 points to lead Oklahoma City to a 112-111 victory over Detroit.
Impact: Durant finished the year averaging 31.9 points - the highest single-season average of his career - en route to his fourth scoring title.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Durant scored 42 points (14-30 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 13-15 FT) to go with six assists in 45 minutes against Detroit on Wednesday.
Impact: Durant carried his team to victory and capped off a probable MVP season with an exclamation point. A scoring machine, Durant's 42 points included just one made three-pointer. However, like much of this season, Durant got his teammates involved Wednesday, an improved element of his game that furthered his fantasy superstardom this term.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Jackson has a stiff neck.
Impact: His status going forward is uncertain.
News: Ibaka scored 22 points (7-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-10 FT) to go along with 16 rebounds, five assists and a block in 40 minutes Monday at New Orleans.
Impact: The big man had another big night, posting a hefty double-double and dishing a career-high five assists. Ibaka was a lone bright spot for the Thunder, who still must win Wednesday to ensure they clinch the two seed in the West. That means Ibaka will more than likely get his usual workload in the final game of the season.
News: Jackson (neck) scored just four points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with three assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes Monday in New Orleans.
Impact: With Russell Westbrook once again resting, Jackson got the nod just a day after a neck injury knocked him out of the Thunder's last game. Unfortunately for owners who decided to start the point guard, Jackson didn't look very good. With one game remaining on Oklahoma City's schedule, it should be interesting to see whether Westbrook will get one final tuneup before the playoffs.
Nick Collison - #4 - Forward-Center - 6'10" - 255lbs
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Collison and Pelicans guard Austin Rivers were ejected following a brief scuffle in the second quarter of Monday night's game between Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
Impact: Rivers appeared perturbed about the way he was held up during a prolonged screen set by Collison while on Oklahoma City's offensive end. Rivers shoved his way out of the screen and soon after started jawing with Collison as the two followed the play down court to the Pelicans' offensive end. They bumped again in the paint, igniting a brief shoving match with 7:56 remaining in the first half.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks says he's sitting Westbrook out of Monday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Impact: Brooks says the decision is meant to provide his star point guard with extra rest after the playoff-bound Thunder played in Indianapolis on Sunday. Reggie Jackson is slated to start in Westbrook's place.
News: Jackson (neck) will play Monday at New Orleans, with Russell Westbrook (rest) out of the lineup, the The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Jackson exited Sunday's game with a neck injury but will nonetheless be a solid fantasy option Monday with Westbrook on the bench.
News: Westbrook flirted with a triple-double Sunday, but ultimately finished with 21 points (7-23 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 33 minutes.
Impact: Westbrook struggled shooting the ball during Sunday's game, but he was able to contribute in other areas to help out his owners. While he was a good option Sunday, he won't play in Monday's game against the Pelicans in order to rest, so arrangements should be made to insert someone else if possible. Reggie Jackson suffered an apparent neck injury which would leave some extra minutes to Derek Fisher and Jeremy Lamb if Jackson will also sit out.
News: Jackson left during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game after colliding with Pacers center Ian Mahinmi, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Jackson walked back to the Thunder's locker room while holding his neck. The severity of the ailment is unclear at this point, but with fellow point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) slated to rest Monday, Derek Fisher could see even more minutes if Jackson misses any time. Expect more definitive news regarding Jackson's condition to surface shortly.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook nearly had a triple-double on Sunday versus Indiana as Oklahoma City failed to lock up the second seed in the West.
Impact: Westbrook scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out seven assists. He made 7 of 23 shots and had four turnovers.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Durant scored 38 points on Sunday versus Indiana as Oklahoma City failed to lock up the second seed in the West.
Impact: Durant is back in action Monday in New Orleans.
News: Jackson passed all medical testing after suffering a neck injury during Sunday's game, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Jackson exited Sunday's contest during the fourth quarter, when a screen from Pacers center Ian Mahinmi caused him to hit the deck. While Jackson did not return to the game, he did have precautionary x-rays taken on his neck and apparently passed all testing. Nonetheless, his playing status for Monday in New Orleans is uncertain. Jackson will likely be a game-time decision, but given teammate Russell Westbrook's injury history, it won't be surprising if the Thunder exercise caution with Jackson, especially with the playoffs looming. It's already known that Westbrook will sit out Monday's game, so if Jackson is rested as well, veteran Derek Fisher would figure to start at point guard.
News: Durant was up to his usual antics during his 42 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday. He finished with 38 points (13-27 FG, 2-11 3Pt, 10-10 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Impact: The Thunder lost to the Pacers in a hard fought game, and Durant's poor shooting from beyond the arc certainly could have been the difference. That being said, both his team and his owners still benefited in other areas during this outing. There are two games left on the schedule for the Thunder and Durant may be a candidate to rest on the bench in order to prepare for the playoffs.
Perry Jones - #3 - Forward - 6'11" - 235lbs
News: Jones stayed planted on the bench during the Thunder's Sunday game against the Pacers.
Impact: Jones had brief stint where he got consistent minutes as a starter, but now that Thabo Sefolosha (calf) is healthy, the second-year player will likely spend the majority of his time on the bench. However, his team may choose to rest some starters before the playoffs, in which case he may see some above-average playing time.
Derek Fisher - #6 - Point Guard - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Fisher played 15 minutes off the bench Sunday and managed to record one assist and one steal during his time on the court.
Impact: Fisher doesn't tend to see enough time on the court to produce significant box scores. However, Monday's game against the Pelicans may result in some added minutes for the aging veteran. Russell Westbrook (knee) will sit out to rest and Reggie Jackson had to leave Sunday's matchup with an apparent neck injury. If Jackson sits out, then Fisher and Jeremy Lamb will likely enjoy more run.
News: Westbrook will play Sunday versus the Pacers, but will sit out Monday's contest against the Pelicans, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Westbrook has routinely sat out at least one game of Oklahoma City's recent back-to-back sets, so Monday's absence will be nothing new since the Thunder play Sunday as well. A fantasy stud when he's on the court, Westbrook has averaged over 23 points, six assists, and five rebounds during his past 10 outings. Production like that makes him a must-start Sunday versus a struggling Indiana squad.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ibaka scored 16 points (6-8 FG, 4-4 FT), grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked eight shots in 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday night.
Impact: Ibaka may have blocked fewer shots this season than in 2012-13, but he remains one of the game's most elite shot blockers. Owners should continue to use him as much as possible through the end of the season.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson played 24 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Friday night, scoring 11 points (3-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), distributing eight assists, and grabbing four rebounds.
Impact: Even in limited minutes, Jackson has managed to remain effective from the fantasy perspective. His production within each category may not be as consistent as owners might like, but he can reliably provide value nearly every night.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Westbrook (knee) returned from a one-game absence Wednesday to record 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 33 minutes.
Impact: Westbrook will likely miss either Sunday's or Monday's game, but will likely be good to go for Friday's contest against the Pelicans. The Thunder have been sitting their point guard for one of their back-to-back games in the hope that he'll be fresh for the playoffs. When available, he should be inserted into every lineup across all formats.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook scored 30 points in his return to the lineup and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Los Angeles Clippers 107-101 Wednesday night in a possible playoff preview.
Impact: Westbrook had sat out two of the previous three games and has missed 34 games this season with a variety of injuries.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Westbrook (knee) is back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Clippers, Clippers.comreports.
Impact: Westbrook returns after sitting out Tuesday's game as part of the team's plan to hold him out of one game of back-to-back sets. Over his last two games, Westbrook is averaging 30.0 points and 7.0 assists while shooting a combined 22-of-46 from the field.
Caron Butler - #2 - Small Forward - 6'7" - 217lbs
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Butler made all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with 23 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder started the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run to pull away for a 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Impact: The performance tied for Butler's highest scoring game since he joined Oklahoma City on March 4.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Kevin Durant scored 23 points but was never needed in the final quarter, as Oklahoma City beat Sacramento on Tuesday 107-92.
Impact: The performance snapped Durant's streak of scoring at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games.
Caron Butler - #2 - Small Forward - 6'7" - 217lbs
News: Butler came off the bench and poured in 23 points (8-10 FG, 6-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go with five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes against the Kings on Tuesday.
Impact: Butler has been on fire from three-point late as of late. Over his past five games, he's averaging 12.0 points, 3.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals in 28.6 minutes off the bench.
News: Sefolosha returned from a 16-game absence and played 15 minutes against the Kings. He scored only two points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and had three rebounds and an assist.
Impact: Sefolosha immediately returned to the starting lineup, and his return should remove Andre Roberson from the starting lineup.
News: Perkins scored three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT) to go with three rebounds and an assist in 14 minutes Tuesday against the Kings.
Impact: Perkins was a game-time decision Tuesday and has been dealing with a groin injury for some time. He'll play again Wednesday as the Thunder look to get Perkins consistent minutes to prepare him for the playoffs.
News: Durant scored 23 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT) to go with four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes Tuesday in an easy win over the Kings.
Impact: It was a quiet night for Durant's standards, as his 25-point streak ended at 41 games. He's still the best player in fantasy basketball and owners should deploy him as usual.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook is sitting out against the Sacramento Kings to rest his surgically repaired right knee.
Impact: Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before Tuesday's night game that Westbrook would not play. The guard is expected to start Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers. Since returning on Feb. 20 following knee surgery, Westbrook has rested for one game during back-to-back sets.
Andre Roberson - #21 - Forward - 6'7" - 210lbs
News: Roberson will return to a bench role Tuesday against the Kings, Cowbell Kingdom reports.
Impact: With the return of Thabo Sefolosha (calf), Roberson is likely going to remain on the bench for the rest of the season. Still, Sefolosha will be on a minutes limit, meaning Roberson could still see game action. Regardless, he isn't contributing much in most fantasy leagues, and can be ignored in all formats in light of this news.
News: Sefolosha (calf) will return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Kings and will be limited in minutes, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Sefolosha has missed 16 games with a calf injury, and it appears he'll finally get a chance to return to the court. Expect Andre Roberson and Jeremy Lamb to see reduced minutes once he's back to 100 percent.
News: Westbrook (knee) is confirmed to sit Tuesday against the Kings, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: This shouldn't come as a surprise to owners, as Westbrook was slated to miss one out of two games of back-to-back series. In light of this news, expect him to play Wednesday against the Clippers.
News: Perkins (groin) will play in both games of the Thunder's back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday, but he'll likely still have his minutes limited to somewhere between 12-15 minutes per game, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Perkins was held out of one game of a back-to-back set for the Thunder last week when he made his return to action, and it was assumed he'd continue to have such limitations for the remainder of the regular season. However, the Thunder seem to have changed course and will look to get Perkins consistent action in the remaining six games on their schedule.
News: Westbrook (knee) sat out the physical portion of Tuesday's shootaround, icing his knee, and he appears unlikely to play Tuesday, which would make him probable Wednesday, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Westbrook is being held out of one game of every back-to-back set, so he'll also probably sit out one of the Thunder's games this weekend when they have another back-to-back on Sunday and Monday.
News: Sefolosha will test out his calf before Tuesday's game and could possibly return to action, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Sefolosha has missed 16 games since going down on February 28 with a calf injury. His return would probably remove Andre Roberson from the rotation and might also push Jeremy Lamb from the rotation as well.
News: Perkins (groin) may sit out Tuesday's game against the Kings to rest, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Perkins has just recently returned from a groin injury, and the Thunder are being cautious as the playoffs approach. Look for Steven Adams to start in his place if he sits.
News: Westbrook (knee) may sit out Tuesday's game against the Kings to rest, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: This shouldn't come as a surprise, as Westbrook has been given nights off to rest his knee for the playoffs. If Westbrook sits, expect Reggie Jackson to start in his place.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Kevin Durant scored 38 points on Sunday versus Phoenix, surpassing Michael Jordan with his 41st consecutive game of 25 or more.
Impact: Durant has the third-longest streak in NBA history with 25 or more points in a game and longest since Oscar Robertson did it for 46 in a row in the 1963-64 season.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Kevin Durant scored 28 points on Thursday night versus San Antonio, his 39th consecutive games scoring 25 or more.
Impact: If Durant scores 25 or more in Oklahoma City's game on Friday versus Houston, he will match Michael Jordan for the longest streak in 50 years by reaching that mark in 50 straight games.