Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook dropped a 40-burger in his visit to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
Insight: That still wasn't enough versus the lowly Knicks without Kevin Durant. Perry Jones, Durant's replacement, he no points. Starting shooting guard Andre Roberson also had no points. Westbrook nearly scored half of the Thunder's points as they lost, 100-92.
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams (head) is expected to play Monday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Adams is also expected to start after missing Sunday's game with migraines. However, owners should not worry too much about his value, with Adams being ranked outside the top 200 in standard leagues.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (toe) will miss Monday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: He is dealing with a left great toe sprain that he sustained Sunday versus Cleveland. Durant tried to give it a go, as he went through warmups, but ultimately decided he was too sore. Consider him day-to-day. Dion Waiters, Anthony Morrow, and Perry Jones will all see a bump in value, with Jones the likely candidate to start.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant scored 34 points to lead Oklahoma City over Washington, 105-103, in overtime.
Insight: Durant was 10-of-23 from, hitting 40 percent from the 3-point line. He was also 10-for-11 at the line with seven rebounds, three assists and a block. Durant continues to be a top-fantasy option averaging 25.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.9 apg with a 53.0 shooting percentage this season.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant nearly posted a triple-double during Sunday's victory against the Magic.
Insight: He probably would have gotten it if Oklahoma City hadn't won by 28 points. Durant played just 28 minutes, going 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line for 21 points, 11 boards, eight assists, one steal, one block, and three turnovers.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant has been on target the past three games shooting a stunning 70 percent from the field (36-of-51).
Insight: Durant appears to be back in MVP form and should be started in all leagues. For the season he's averaging 24.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, all down from last season's averages, but he looks like he's ready to bring those numbers back to last season's level.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had a triple-double versus the Warriors on Friday.
Insight: Westbrook scored 17 points while also recording 17 assists and 15 rebounds. The assists and rebounds are both a season-high. Westbrook and the Thunder appear to be hitting their groove. They just beat the best team in the Western Conference by double digits.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant had a nice game versus the Rockets on Thursday.
Insight: Former teammate James Harden overshadowed last season's MVP with nearly recording a triple-double, but Durant had 24 points, going 4-for-6 from the 3-point line, and 10 rebounds. Durant is a must-start.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, along with Kevin Durant, couldn't hit from anywhere Monday night.
Insight: Westbrook shot just 5-of-21, but did make 11 free throws to give fantasy owners a respectable line - 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal. Since a huge outburst in the end of December, Wesstbrook has scored between 18 and 22 points the past four games. We need more.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant shot just 3-of-16 in posted his first bad game since his return from the ankle injury.
Insight: Durant still managed 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals, but after averaging 39 ppg over his last two we thought our fantasy MVP was back. He is, but even superstars have an off night once in a while.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scored 22 points on Friday.
Insight: Talk about carrying the team, Westbrook and Kevin Durant scored a combined 56 points versus the Wizards, which was more than half the team's points. Serge Ibaka was the only other starter to score, and he had 13 points. Westbrook also had six assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant scored 34 points, going 12-for-18, from the field in the victory over the Wizards.
Insight: Durant was also 4-for-7 from deep and 6-for-7 at the line. He had eight rebounds, two assists and a block to go with the 34 points. As long as Durant is on the court, he should be in fantasy lineups.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant returned to action and did not miss a beat during Wednesday's overtime victory against the Suns.
Insight: He scored a season-high 44 points in 40 minutes of action, by going 13-of-23 from the field, 12-of-12 from the line, and 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. Durant also had 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and five turnovers. PArt of this was a result of Russell Westbrook being ejected in the second quarter, but is still a pretty site for owners.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Beat writer Anthony Slater said he went through a full practice and looked "lively." Durant has missed six games due to a sprained ankle. Even at his current production level which is significantly lower than last season fantasy owners need him back (22.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.6 apg).
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant will miss Sunday's game against the Mavericks.
Insight: This will make it six straight games missed for Durant, so owners are starting to feel pretty concerned. There is no timetable for his return, but owners must remain patient. Perry Jomes will start once again with Ruseell Westbrook owners reaping most of the benefits of Durant's absence.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was simply unstaoppable Christmas Day in leading his team to a big win without Kevin Durant.
Insight: Westbrook had 34 points and 11 assists and five steals. He shot 9-of-22 from the field and a perfect 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. He had five rebounds as well. Westbrook is putting up huge numbers, 28.6 ppg, 7.4 apg, 5.7 rpg, and has seriously thrown his hat into the MVP race.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (ankle) is expected to miss Thursday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: For now, consider him day-to-day, but this will be his fourthconsecutive miss. Perry Jones should start but has little to no fantasy value. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson get to shoot more with Durant sidelined.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City to a, 104-103, victory over the Lakers on Friday.
Insight: Westbrook had 31 points and 10 assists. He shot 9-of-22 from the field and a perfect 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. He had five rebounds as well. Westbrook is putting up huge numbers, 27.2 ppg, 7.2 apg, 5.5 rpg, and has seriously thrown his hat into the MVP race.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant's ankle injury appears to be a minor one, according to coach Scott Brooks.
Insight: X-rays came back negative and it looks like the Thunder and fantasy owners dodged a bullet. Durant could still miss a game ot two, but this is relatively good news. In just 19 minutes before the injury, Durant posted 30 points against Golden State.
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams is probable for Thursday's game against Golden State while dealing with a sore left calf.
Insight: Adams is seeing around 25 minutes a game, but doesn't produce much with them. He's averaging 7.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg. As long as Kendrick Perkins is healthy they will split the time fairly evenly and neither will be fantasy worthy.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant is still on a minutes limit according to coach Scott Brooks.
Insight: There is no timetable for when Durant will not have the minutes limit, but he is still extremely productive in fewer minutes. He scored 23 points in 29 minutes on Tuesday. Durant should only get better as the season goes.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant did a little bit of everything on Tuesday as Oklahoma City won, 114-101, against the Bucks.
Insight: Durant nearly had a triple-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He only took 11 shots but made seven of them and sunk all eight of his free-throw attempts. Durant's only blemish was his 1-for-5 from 3-point.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was a little bit more rusty in his second game back from injury.
Insight: Durant shot 3-for-11 from the field and 3-for-4 at the line, scoring 10 points. He also had six rebounds and three assists. Durant remains a must-start because it's only a matter of time until he gets it going.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook led the team with 27 points, hitting eight field goals and 10 free throws on Friday.
Insight: Westbrook also had seven assists and five rebounds. Westbrook is averaging 26.7 ppg, 7.3 apg, and 6.0 rpg in his last three games since returning from his injury. He has also played more than 30 minutes the last two games.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant scored 27 points in his season debut.
Insight: Durant returned from his fractured foot on Tuesday after missing the first 17 games of the season. He shot 9-of-18 from the field, including 3-for-8 from downtown and 6-of-7 at the line. It wasn't all roses in his 2014-2015 debut as Durant had just three rebounds, two assists and turned it over five times. The Thunder lost, 112-104.
Description: Thunder Coach Scott Brooks has announced a starting lineup for Tuesday and forward Kevin Durant is going to play.
Insight: The original timetable was 6-to-8 week and this is in that window. Fantasy owners thought they would lose about 20 games when they drafted him and it's been 17 games. We can't wait to get his 32 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.5 apg back on the floor and a matchup against Anthony Davis would be great viewing for fans and fantasy owners.
Description: Thunder Coach Scott Brooks hasn't announced a starting lineup for Tuesday which could mean that forward Kevin Durant may be back Tuesday.
Insight: The original timetable was 6-to-8 week and this is in that window. Fantasy owners thought they would lose about 20 games when they drafted him and it's been 17 games. We can't wait to get his 32 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.5 apg back on the floor and a matchup against Anthony Davis would be great viewing for fans and fantasy owners.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant could be back as early as Tuesday or more likely Friday against the Sixers.
Insight: The original timetable was 6-to-8 week and this is in that window. fantasy owners thought they would lose about 20 games when they drafted him and iy's been 17 games. We can't wait to get his 32 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.5 apg back on the floor.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds on Friday.
Insight: Everyone invested in Oklahoma City is extremely pleased to see Russell Westbrook on the court because even though that might mean fewer shot attempts for guys like Ibaka, his percentages and other categories should go up. Ibaka was 5-for-11 from the field on Friday and had one assist.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook lit up the place in his first action since returning from his injury.
Insight: Westbrook scored 32 points, shooting 12-of-17 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point line. He also had eight assists and seven rebounds. Fantasy owners should be extremely excited to see him back on the court.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (hand) could return as soon as Friday, according to Thunder beat writer for The Oklahoman Anthony Slater.
Insight: Westbrook went through some practice with contact. He isn't supposed to be back for a couple of weeks, but is apparently ahead of schedule. His return would take a huge bite out of reggie Jackson's current value.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson led Oklahoma City in scoring again with 21 points versus the Nets.
Insight: Jackson led the team with 19 shot attempts and made nine of them. He, however, missed all four from 3-point land. Jackson has also gotten better at distributing the ball. He had eight assists on Friday, and Jackson is averaging 8.0 dimes in his last five games.
Description: Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb scored a team-high 19 points in Tuesday's loss to Utah.
Insight: He was 5-of-15 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the line, and also chipped in four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Lamb is averaging 13.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 1.1 spg, which are extremely solid, but should not be expected to stay that high, once Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook return.
Description: Thunder rookie Perry Jones III is not going to play Sunday against Oklahoma City and has yet to return to practice.
Insight: Jones (15.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg) is missing out on a great chance to be a fantasy-worthy player with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant sidelined. Neither Lance Thomas or Anthony Morrow , who will replace Jones, are fantasy worthy.
Description: Thunder guard/forward Andre Robinson (left foot sprain) will not play Friday.
Insight: It is ridiculous how many injuries Oklahoma City has suffered just a week into the season. Jeremy Lamb and Sebastian Telfair should see more minutes, but Reggie Jackson is the guy to own in the Thunder backcourt.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson helped the team overcome a nine-point halftime deficit, to defeat Boston on Wednesday night.
Insight: He was 8-of-15 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the line for 28 points, eight assists, three rebounds, and one steal. Jackson will continue to be one of the focal points of the offense, until Russell Westbrook returns.
Description: Thunder rookie Perry Jones III is again out on Wednesday with his knee injury.
Insight: Jomes has not practiced since suffering the injury. His fantasy relevancy is quickly closing. Andre Roberson is also out. Lance Thomas and Jeremy Lamb will start in their place, but neither are very good fantasy plays.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson continued to take a ton of shots and Oklahoma City lost to Milwaukee, 85-78, on Tuesday.
Insight: Last week, it was rumored Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins did not pass the ball to Jackson on outlets because they did not like the way he was hogging the ball. Jackson shot 12-of-21 from the field, making 2-out-of-6 from the 3-point line. Jackson led the team with assists but only had four.Things continue to get worse for the Thunder.
Description: Thunder guard Anthony Morrow will make his Thunder debut on Tuesday against the Bucks.
Insight: Morrow will come off the bench and is only expected to play between 10-17 minutes. He could eventually replace Jeremy Lamb in the starting lineup, and even when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are back, Morrow should still be fantasy relevant as a sixth-man. See how he does on Tuesday and stash accordingly.
Description: Thunder rookie Perry Jones III did not practice on Saturday and is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Kings according to The Oklahoman.
Insight: Jones has a knee contusion and has not practiced since suffering the injury on Tuesday. It isn't considered serious, but owners can drop him for a spot starter this weekend and likely pick him back up next week. Jones only has fantasy value as long as Kevin Durant is out.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka shot 4-for-7 from the 3-point line but missed the game-winning shot from behind the arc with two seconds left in regulation.
Insight: Oklahoma City lost to Memphis, 91-89. The Thunder had a chance to win the game with about five seconds left, but Nick Collison failed to inbound the ball in time, and Oklahoma City turned the ball over on a five-second violation. After a missed foul shot for Memphis, Oklahoma City inbounded the ball at half court to Ibaka, who missed the 3-pointer. Ibaka still had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Description: Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb will start at shooting guard on Friday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: It will be Lamb's season debut. That means Jackson and Lamb will be the Thunder backcourt. The Oklahoman reported this week that forwards Sergi Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins refused to pass to Jackson because he was hogging the ball. With no Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook, someone has to take the shots. It will be interesting to see if Jackson continues to shoot at a high-rate or if he will pass more on Friday. Either way, Lamb should see quite a few shots.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka played very well in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors.
Insight: He was 11-of-14 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one block, three 3-pointers, and three turnovers. Ibaka should continue to produce above his career-averages as long as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are sidelined.
Description: Thunder guard/forward Andre Robinson left Monday's game with a left foot sprain and will not play on Tuesday, according to coach Scott Brooks.
Insight: Roberson fell hard and the Thunder had to commit an intentional foul to get him off the floor. It is ridiculous how many injuries Oklahoma City has suffered just a week into the season. Sebastian Telfair should see 30 or more minutes.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka had a great fantasy day against the Nets despite Oklahoma City losing, 116-85.
Insight: Ibaka shot 7-of-11 and made one 3-pointer while also bringing in nine rebounds. He had 15 points, two blocks, a steal and an assist. With so many injuries, Ibaka will have a lot of opportunities in the first part of the season.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 23 points on Monday night against the Nets.
Insight: Although Jackson scored the most points in the game, Brooklyn won by over 30 points. Jackson was 8-of-20 from the field, including 2-for-8 from the 3-point line. He also had four rebounds and five assists.
Description: Thunder guard/forward Andre Robinson left Monday's game with a left foot sprain.
Insight: Roberson fell hard and the Thunder had to commit an intentional foul to get him off the floor. It is ridiculous how many injuries Oklahoma City has suffered just a week into the season. Roberson suffered this injury in training camp, so fantasy owners will have no confidence going foward that Roberson will stay on the court.
Description: OKC guard Sebastian Telfair could see heavy minutes again if Reggie Jackson can't go Monday night.
Insight: Telfair played 39 minutes on Saturday and could be in line for the same workload. The bad news is that he shot 1-of-10 and is now 4-of-28 (.142) on the season. If he could start shooting 50 percent he's averaged eight assists over the last two games and 2.5 steals.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson did not play against the Nuggets on Saturday due to ankle and wrist injuries and is questionable for Monday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: Jackson hopes to return to the court early next week. He is a must-stash player with the injury to Russell Westbrook out at least four weeks. Sebastian Telfair is in line to get the start Saturday.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is not play against the Nuggets on Saturday due to an ankle injury.
Insight: Jackson hopes to return to the court early next week. He is a must-stash player with the injury to Russell Westbrook out at least four weeks. Sebastian Telfair is in line to get the start Saturday.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (hand) underwent successful hand surgery on Saturday.
Insight: We reported earlier that Westbrook was considering the option, and we now know he took it. Reports indicate that he will be re-evaluated in four weeks, leaving an uncertain timetable in determing his return to the court. Stay tuned.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (hand) is considering surgery for the small fracture in the second metacarpal on his right hand.
Insight: The news just keeps getting worse for Westbrook and his fantasy owners. There still has been no official timetable given, and if he goes under the knife, Westbrook could be out longer than the original 4-to-6 weeks of estimated recovery time.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (ankle) is expected to make his season debut Saturday against the Nuggets.
Insight: This is as good of news OKC could hope to receive, after losing Russell Westbrook to a hand injury. Barring a setback, Jackson will be ready to roll, and will have a unique opportunity to put up big numbers.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered a fractured finger on his right hand in the first half of the Thursday night game with the Clippers, according to a ProBasketballTalk report.
Insight: With Kevin Durant (foot) out for the beginning portion of the season, Westbrook was going to have to carry the Thunder. Normally this type injury will force a player to sit for about a month or more. Disaster for OKC who are now without their two All-Stars.
Description: Thunder players Perry Jones and Andre Robinson did not practice on Saturday.
Insight: We are pretty sure Oklahoma City is very close to holding open tryouts to the public to find a healthy wingman. The injury bug has killed the Thunder and the season hasn't even started. There is no word on how serious Roberson's injury is, so as of now, he is still slotted as the opening night starter at shooting guard. Jones will start at small forward since Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow are both out.
Description: Thunder guard Anthony Morrow will miss the season opener due to a sprained left MCL.
Insight: Saying the Thunder are thin at the wing positions is an understatement. Andre Roberson and Perry Jones will be the starting wings on opening day. Oklahoma City does not yet know when Morrow will be back. Deep fantasy leagues can begin to look at Roberson and Jones, but more importantly, Russell Westbrook's fantasy value continues to rise higher.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant went through practice Monday and has a big evaluation set for around Thanksgiving.
Insight: The biggest concern for owners is that he is going to comeback too soon from the injury (6-to-8 week original timetable). However, assuming Durant will be his normal self, it's hard not to want him on the floor. The Thunder's next game is friday, but that doesn't seem likely. Think next week.
Description: Thunder forward Lance Thomas is expected to start at small forward during the absence of the injured Kevin Durant.
Insight: While he is expected to start and get playing time, Thomas is not expected to make an impact from a fantasy perspective. Oklahoma City is hoing he provides a little scoring punch, but owners should leave him undrafted on draft day.
Description: Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb has failed to distinguish himself as a starter heading into the season.
Insight: With Kevin Durant out, the opportunity has been there at both the shooting guard and small forward positions. However Andre Roberts is expected to start at shooting guard, and either Lance Thomas or Anthony Morrow is expected to get the nod at small forward during Durant's absence. Hope has been high for Lamb, since he was acquired in the James Harden trade, but he has simply failed to live up to expectations. Leave him undrafted.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson should be in the running for the Sixth Man Award this season.
Insight: Just like almost every member of the Thunder, Jackson will need to step up early on. He averaged 13.1 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per game last season, and could easily see those numbers increase in 2014-15. Owners should target Jackson anywhere starting in the eighth round.
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams could be a player for owners to keep an eye on this season.
Insight: While he should not be drafted, Adams may find himself starting at center at some point this season. He has made his presence felt with Oklahoma City, and probably will give more production on the floor, than Kendrick Perkins is able to give.
Description: Pelicans G/SF Anthony Morrow is a bit of a wild card heading into the NBA season.
Insight: He is projected to come off the bench, but could easily see a ton of minutes at the shooting guard position, as well as small forward, with Kevin Durant sidelined. Morrow has not averaged double-figures in scoring since 2011-12 (12.0 PPG), but with his ability to knock down three-pointers (1.5 3PM per game), makes him an eniticing player to keep an eye on, when the season begins.
Description: There may not be more pressure on an NBA player than Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, entering the 2014-15 season.
Insight: With Kevin Durant (foot) out for the beginning portion of the season, Westbrook will have tremendous weight on his shoulders. He is currently ranked as a top-ten pick, and could be argued to be taken in the top-five, with all the looks he will be getting, not just early on, but throughout the entire season.
Description: Thunder guard Andre Roberson is projected to start at shooting guard on opening night.
Insight: While he is projected to start, Roberson is not projected to make an impact fantasy wise. Jeremy Lamb has played poorly throughout the preseason, leading Roberson to have a chance to make the most of the opportunity. Expect him to produce on the level of Thabo Sefolosha, if that.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant is now an extremely interesting pick for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Insight: As a result of his foot injury, Durant has dropped down from being the consensus number-one overall pick, to being drafted in the second round. The biggest concern for owners is that he is going to comeback too soon from the injury (6-to-8 week timetable). However, assuming Durant will be his normal self, his averages will be amongst the best in the NBA, and drafting him the first round is not a ridiculous move for owners to make.
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins should be avoided in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Coming off a season where he averaged 3.4 points per game , 4.9 rebounds per game, and 0.5 blocks per game, along with a .451 field goal percentage, Perkins is irrelevant when it comes to fantasy basketball. There is also a chance Steven Adams will overtake the starting center position, at some point this season.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka will have to well, especially early on in the season.
Insight: With Kevin Durant out with a foot injury for several weeks, Ibaka will have a great chance to be a dynamic fantasy player. He averaged career-highs in points (15.1 PPG), rebounds (8.8 RPG), assists (1.0 APG), steals (0.5 SPG), and free throw percentage (.784) last season. With him, and Russell Westbrook the focal points of the offense early on, Ibaka should be selected in the second round. If he is able to get off to a hot start, we feel it could easily last the entire 2014-15 season.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant has a fractured foot, and will most likely require surgery.
Insight: There is no set return date, but the injury is being classified as a "Jones" fracture, which typically requires surgery, and a six-to-eight week recovery time. This will no doubt shake up the beginning of fantasy drafts, however owners should still take the reigning MVP somewhere in the first round.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson left Friday's preseason game with an arm injury and did not return.
Insight: He did score 13 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes before exiting. We are still waiting for an update on the injury, but Jackson is a guard worth targeting late in fantasy drafts.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Mavericks.
Insight: The Thunder want him to get an extra day of rest. Ibaka has missed just three games the last three seasons, so we would be surprised if he is not ready by opening day. Ibaka is a late-first round, early-second round target in most fantasy drafts.
Description: The Oklahoma City Thunder and guard Reggie Jackson are unlikely to reach an agreement to a contract extension before the October 31 deadline, according to NewsOK.com.
Insight: The Thunder would like to lock up Jackson long term before the season starts, but that is unlikely according to the NewsOK.com report. The 24-year-old is due to be a restricted free agent after this season. At that time, Oklahoma City can match any offer another team issues to Jackson. The guard is somewhat limited in terms of fantasy if Russell Westbrook is healthy.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant announced he would not play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Insight: Durant played a lot of great basketball this season averaging a league-best 32.0 ppg over the regular season and 29.6 ppg in 19 playoff games. It's probably best for the Thunder and fantasy owners if he gets a little rest before the new season begins.
Description: The NBA has fined Phil Jackson $25,000 for tampering with Thunder point guard Derek Fisher. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Jackson acknowledged the possibility of hiring Fisher in a press conference last week while Fisher was still competing in the Western Conference Finals with Oklahoma City. That's a violation of league policy. Now that the Thunder have been eliminated, Fisher is free to interview for coaching positions. The Knicks and Lakers are among the teams interested in hiring the 18-year veteran.
Description: Oklahoma City sixth man Reggie Jackson is probable for Thursday's Game 5 against the Spurs. SOURCE: Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman
Insight: Jackson sprained his ankle early in Game 4 but returned to score three points in 13 minutes. The 13 minutes was Jackson's lowest total of the series but OKC had a comfortable lead and head coach Scott Brooks decided to play it safe by sitting him for most of the second half. In 17 postseason games, Jackson has averaged 10.5 ppg on 45.9 percent shooting.
Description: Russell Westbrook was too quick for the Spurs Tuesday night and scored 40 points with 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals to help the Thunder tie the Western Conference Finals at two games apiece.
Insight: After getting blown out the first two games, the Thunder have been a completely different team with Serge Ibaka back in the lineup the last two. Westbrook has averaged 26.6 points, 8.1 assists and 7.5 rebounds during this postseason.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson rolled his ankle in the first quarter but returned at the start of the second in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Insight: Serge Ibaka's return from a calf injury and Jackson's move to the starting lineup in Game 3 made a huge difference for OKC, who had lost the first two games of the series. The Thunder will need Ibaka and Jackson to remain healthy to beat San Antonio.
Description: Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka (calf) will start Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs on Sunday.
Insight: Ibaka was expected to miss the rest of the postseason due to a calf injury, but he made sudden progress and has been cleared to play. The Thunder will try to avoid going down three games to none. The Thunder also are starting Reggie Jackson and moving Thabo Sefolosha to the bench.
Description: Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka was back at shootaround and expects to play Sunday in Game 3 against the Spurs. SOURCE: Royce Young, ESPN
Insight: Ibaka will give it a go as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks between now and game-time at 8:30. He missed Games 1 and 2 with a calf injury. OKC lost those two games by an average of 26 points.
Description: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka says he'll be in pain if he has to play Sunday against the Spurs. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: He's looking a lot closer to doubtful than probable. If Ibaka and his injured calf can't suit up Sunday versus San Antonio, Nick Collison (2.0 ppg this postseason) would draw another start at power forward.
Description: Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka could be back in the lineup for Game 3 Sunday against the Spurs. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: It's a bit of a shocker as Ibaka was expected to miss the rest of the postseason after going down with a calf injury against the Clippers. The Thunder could certainly use him after getting blown out in the first two games. Nick Collison was ineffective starting at the four in Games 1 and 2 (1.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
Description: Oklahoma City PF/C Nick Collison is likely to be the starting power forward with Serge Ibaka sidelined by injury.
Insight: Collison played 17 minutes in the Game 6 win over the Clippers, but should see a lot more time over the remainder of the playoffs. This will be a new and unknown time for the Thunder as Ibaka has missed just three games over the past three seasons and averaged 15.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.7 bpg.
Description: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the 2014 postseason due to a left calf injury, according to the team's Twitter.
Insight: It's going to be very difficult for Oklahoma City to defeat San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals without Ibaka, who is the team's third best player. This is the second straight postseason the Thunder have lost a player to a significant injury; Russell Westbrook tore his meniscus in the first round last year.
Description: Ten of Kevin Durant's 27 points on Tuesday came in the final three and a half minutes.
Insight: Durant shot just 6-for-22 in the game but was money down the stretch, drilling two crucial threes to spark a 14-point turnaround for the Thunder. The league MVP has averaged 30.8 ppg on 44 percent shooting this postseason.
Description: Russell Westbrook scored 38 points to help erase a 13-point fourth quarter deficit Tuesday in a controversial win over the Clippers.
Insight: This had to be one of the craziest endings we've ever seen. Oklahoma City finished the game on a 17-3 run to win by a single point, but they got some help from the officials. First, Oklahoma City was given possession on a ball that looked like it may have touched Reggie Jackson on its way out of bounds. Seconds later, Chris Paul was whistled for a foul on Westbrook, who sunk all three free throws to give Oklahoma City the lead. The Thunder can win the series Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Description: The NBA will not suspend or fine Thunder forward Serge Ibaka for hitting Blake Griffin in the groin Sunday in Game 4. SOURCE: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports
Insight: Ibaka (13.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg this postseason) is known for giving cheap shots but he claims this one was unintentional. Adam Silver and the folks at the league offices must have believed him as he'll receive no further punishment.
Description: Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant led all scorers with 40 points Sunday in a two-point loss to the Clippers.
Insight: It looks good on paper but Durant missed six of his seven three-point attempts and also committed a game-high eight turnovers. Durant will try to correct some of these mistakes Tuesday night in Game 5.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook filled the stat sheet with 27 points, six rebounds and eight assists Sunday in a loss to the Clippers.
Insight: He also contributed three steals. Westbrook had a chance to win the game but his 25-footer with one second left was off the mark. Serge Ibaka tried to tip it in but it rimmed out. The series is tied 2-2 heading into Tuesday night's Game 5 at OKC.
Description: Thunder guard Derek Fisher suffered a shoulder injury in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Clippers Wednesday night, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: OKC coach Scott Brooks said Fisher took a big hit on his shoulder and was uncertain how he was feeling. The 39-year-old has averaged 15.3 minutes, 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in the postseason.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been named the 2014 NBA MVP.
Insight: Durant took 119 of the 125 first-place votes to beat out LeBron James, the winner of four of the past five MVP trophies. Durant averaged 32 points to win the scoring title for the fourth time in five seasons, 7.4 rebounds, a career-high 5.5 assists, 2.4 threes and 1.3 steals per game while shooting .503/.391/.873 (FG/3P/FT). Russell Westbrook missed 36 games but the Thunder still went 59-23.
Description: OKC shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Clippers. SOURCE: Dan Woike, Orange County Register
Insight: Sefolosha was benched for Caron Butler in Games 6 and 7 against Memphis. Even though he's starting, we wouldn't expect much from Sefolosha (3.4 ppg in five postseason games) in Monday night's series opener.
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points, 16 assists, ten rebounds and two steals Saturday in a win over the Grizzlies.
Insight: It's Westbrook's second triple-double of the postseason. That's the same number he had in 46 regular season appearances. Next up are the Clippers, a team Westbrook averaged 18.5 ppg against during the regular season.
Description: Caron Butler got the start at shooting guard in place of Thabo Sefolosha Thursday night in Game 6.
Insight: Sefolosha has been useless this series, averaging 3.4 ppg on pitiful 33.3 percent shooting. With Oklahoma City's season on the line, head coach Scott Brooks made the right choice moving Sefolosha out of the starting lineup.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook earned his second career playoff triple-double Tuesday in a loss to Memphis.
Insight: Westbrook has shot pitifully throughout the series, going a combined 44-of-128 from the field over his last five games (34.4 percent). On Tuesday, he finished 10-for-31 with 30 points, ten boards and 13 assists. A season that once looked so promising for the Thunder could be over on Thursday night if Memphis wins Game 6.
Description: Oklahoma City small forward Kevin Durant looked a bit off Saturday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: The 15 points Durant scored were his fewest since the second game of the season when the T-Wolves limited him to 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting. He's shot just 1-of-15 from three-point range over the last two games. We'll see if KD can find his groove Tuesday night in Game 5.
Description: OKC power forward Serge Ibaka corralled 14 rebounds Saturday in a win against the Grizzlies.
Insight: He also had 12 points and five blocks. Ibaka has been fairly consistent this series, at least in terms of scoring. He's produced between 12 and 17 points in each of the four games. Only the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan is averaging more blocks per game (5.0) than Ibaka (3.5) this postseason.
Description: Oklahoma City point guard Reggie Jackson produced 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting Saturday in a Game 4 win over Memphis.
Insight: This was Jackson's best game of the series by far. He had only 15 points combined in his previous three contests. The 37 minutes Jackson played were his most in a game since March 25th at Dallas. Game 5 will be Tuesday in OKC.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant went ballistic Sunday in a loss to Indiana.
Insight: Durant put up 38 points in 42 minutes of court time. Once a tight battle, Durant has now zoomed ahead of LeBron James in the MVP race by averaging 29.9 ppg in the month of April (seven games). It looks like Oklahoma City will open against Dallas next week in the first round of the playoffs.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson left Sunday's game with a neck injury and is headed for X-rays. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: The injury occurred in the fourth quarter so Jackson's final line (eight points, three assists) wasn't too far off from his season averages. The X-rays were considered precautionary so Jackson should be okay for round one of the Western Conference playoffs later this week.
Description: Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant saw his streak of 25-point games come to an end Tuesday versus Sacramento.
Insight: Durant (23 points on 8-of-13 shooting) said earlier this week he wished the streak was over so it looks like he got exactly what he wanted. Durant's 41-game streak was one of the longest in NBA history, though he would have needed another 65 games just to tie Wilt Chamberlain's record of 106 games set during the 1962-63 campaign.
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (groin) will play Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: Perkins returned from a groin injury last Thursday but sat out Friday and wasn't expected to play in back-to-backs the rest of the season. However, he'll be available for the next two. He's not a good fantasy option.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook put up 27 points with six assists as Oklahoma ended the Spurs win streak, but he may sit out Friday.
Insight: Westbrook hasn't been playing both ends in back-to-back games, a trend we expect to continue for the remainder of the regular season. Reggie Jackson would get the majority of the work if Westbrook is in street clothes.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant extended his streak of 25-point games to 39 in a row Thursday in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: Durant, who is a perfect 31-of-31 from the free throw line over his last four games, is now one game away from tying Michael Jordan's streak of 40 in a row. OKC's victory Thursday ended the Spurs' winning streak at 19 games.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is questionable for Thursday's game against San Antonio due to a sprained back.
Insight: Jackson worked through the injury at Wednesday's practice and could go. If he does, it's possible that Russell Westbrook will sit. The Thunder have back-to-back games and Westbrook will likely miss one of them.
Description: A mid-back sprain will keep Reggie Jackson out of Friday's game, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: Jackson played 41 minutes Tuesday at Dallas, so this one came out of nowhere. Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones will probably get back into the rotation after sitting out Tuesday, and Caron Butler will continue to see a lot of minutes as well.
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook will return to the lineup Tuesday after a one-game absence.
Insight: He sat out Monday because of a sprained knee. Luckily, the injury wasn't serious and Westbrook (21.2 ppg, 7.0 apg, 5.7 rpg) should see his usual amount of minutes tonight. Reggie Jackson (13.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.9 rpg) will return to his role as sixth man.
Description: OKC guard Russell Westbrook underwent an MRI and clinical exam Saturday which determined that no issues of concern resulted from Westbrook's knee-to-knee contact with Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry Friday night. SOURCE: Anthony Slater, newsok.com
Insight: Westbrook was able to walk out of the arena without a brace on Friday and told The Oklahoman that he didn't expect to miss any time. It looks like Westbrook will play Monday against the Nuggets and the Thunder will continue to monitor his minutes and rest him in back-to-backs.
Description: OKC guard Russell Westbrook has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee and is questionable for Monday's game against Denver.
Insight: With San Antonio pulling ahead in the Western Conference standings, the Thunder need Westbrook in the lineup if they want home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Reggie Jackson will be a must-start fantasy player if Westbrook is out.
Description: OKC forward Kevin Durant hit the game-winning three-pointer with one second left in double-overtime Friday in a thrilling win over the Raptors.
Insight: Durant scored 51 points on 15-for-32 shooting. He also collected 12 rebounds and seven assists. The seven three-pointers he knocked down were a season-high. Words cannot describe the kind of season Durant is having. The 25-year-old is playing like a Hall of Famer right now.
Description: OKC guard Russell Westbrook has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee. SOURCE: Royce Young, CBS Sports
Insight: Obviously, his night is over. With San Antonio pulling ahead in the Western Conference standings, the Thunder need Westbrook in the lineup if they want home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Reggie Jackson will be a must-start fantasy player while Westbrook is out.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook injured his right knee and had to be helped off the court Friday against the Raptors. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: The injury was the result of a collision with Toronto guard Kyle Lowry. Westbrook had 15 points before exiting. Reggie Jackson (13.1 ppg) and Derek Fisher (5.3 ppg) will split time at point guard while he's out.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was money Thursday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: The Slim Reaper finished with 35 points on 12-of-21 shooting. And because that wasn't enough for Durant, he also handed out six assists while corralling 11 rebounds. He's now scored at least 30 in four of his last five games. The one game he didn't reach 30, he had 29 points. Simply put, Durant is unstoppable.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will return to the lineup Monday after getting a night off Sunday against Dallas, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: The Mavs smoked the Westbrook-less Thunder Sunday. Westbrook had played 10 straight games after returning from knee surgery on Feb. 20 and averaged 27.4 minutes, 24.1 points, 8.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.5 threes over his last eight. However, before March 16-17 the Thunder hadn't had a back-to-back since Jan. 31-Feb. 1, which was before Westbrook returned to the lineup. OKC has two more back-to-back sets in March and three in April, so we may see Westbrook get a few more games off to rest.
Description: The Thunder will give Russell Westbrook Sunday night off to rest.
Insight: Reggie Jackson will start against the Mavericks. Westbrook had played 10 straight games after returning from knee surgery on Feb. 20 and averaged 27.4 minutes, 24.1 points, 8.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.5 threes over his last eight.
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook is likely to sit out at least a few of the team's six remaining back-to-backs, according to head coach Scott Brooks. SOURCE: Anthony Slater, The Oklahoman
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Adding Reggie Jackson (currently available in 45.4 percent of ESPN leagues) could ease the pain.
Description: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was all over the glass Tuesday in a win against the Rockets.
Insight: Ibaka finished with a game-high 16 rebounds while also shooting 6-of-14 from the field (12 points). He's been unstoppable since the All-Star break, averaging 16.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 2.7 bpg over his last nine contests. We're expecting another big game from him Thursday against the Lakers.
Description: Kevin Durant's triple-double Sunday against the Lakers was his third of the season.
Insight: Durant's monster box score (27 points, ten rebounds, 12 assists) doesn't tell the whole story as he actually committed a few costly turnovers and missed several important free throws down the stretch. He'll hope to eliminate some of those mistakes Tuesday when the Thunder host Houston.
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook needed just 20 minutes to pick up his eighth career triple-double Tuesday against the 76ers.
Insight: According to Elias, that's the second-fastest triple-double in NBA history. Westbrook (13 points, 14 assists, ten rebounds) and the starters watched most of the second half from the bench as the Thunder rolled to an easy 125-92 victory. The Sixers have now lost 15 straight.
Description: Kevin Durant dominated the Sixers for 42 points on 14-of-20 shooting Tuesday night in OKC.
Insight: Durant probably would have gone for 50 if he hadn't sat out the fourth quarter. Tuesday was KD's tenth 40-point game of the season. That's twice as many as Carmelo Anthony, who is second in the league with five 40-point games. Your move, LeBron.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (calf) said Tuesday that he'll be on crutches for a couple of weeks, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: Sefolosha is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a calf strain. Caron Butler made his Thunder debut off the bench Tuesday but could soon enter the starting lineup. Reggie Jackson also will play starter's minutes going forward as he'll pick up extra time at shooting guard. Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb will get whatever minutes are left over from Sefolosha's absence.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant played through a left ankle injury on Sunday and still scored 28 points with six rebounds and five assists.
Insight: Oklahoma City is facing a Sixers squad that has lost 14 consecutive games and the Thunder can likely win the game without KD, so beware there is a chance they give him the night off. The last time Durant faced Philadelphia he posted a triple-double, so fantasy owners know they could miss out on a big total.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder guard Caron Butler will be available to play Tuesday and may even start at shooting guard.
Insight: Butler signed with the Thunder after clearing waivers Saturday but didn't play Sunday because of the weather. With Thabo Sefolosha out for 4-6 weeks with a calf strain, Butler is worth a look in deeper leagues. Reggie Jackson also will continue to play starter's minutes with Sefolosha out, while Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones will receive extra playing time as well.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has made 25-of-41 (.610) from the field (10-of-17 3PT) while scoring 23.7 ppg his last three games.
Insight: Westbrook shot just 6-of-24 in the first two games back from his knee surgery but has returned to top form quickly. He scored 26 points (10-12 FG) with five assists, four threes, two rebounds and two steals Sunday against Charlotte.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with a left calf strain and already has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Insight: Newly signed Caron Butler is an interesting fantasy target with Sefolosha missing time. Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb also will see more playing time with Sefolosha out.
Description: Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson played 34 minutes and had 14 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two threes Friday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: Jackson averaged 31.5 minutes per game in Russell Westbrook's first three games back in the starting lineup, but put up just 8.0 points on 30 percent shooting. Thabo Sefolosha's calf strain should lead to a few extra minutes for Jackson, though newly signed Caron Butler may cut into his playing time once Sefolosha comes back.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with a left calf strain and will not return, according to Royce Young of dailythunder.com.
Insight: All of a sudden, the newly signed Caron Butler is an interesting fantasy target, especially if Sefolosha has to miss time. Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb also will see more playing time with Sefolosha out.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with an apparent foot injury.
Insight: Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season, and the Thunder just acquired Caron Butler. Look for his fantasy value to fall even lower, especially with an injury.
Description: Caron Butler agreed to terms with the Thunder and will sign with them when he clears waivers on Saturday.
Insight: Butler has missed six of the last eight games with a sprained ankle but should be able to return soon. He'll take minutes away from Jeremy Lamb and Thabo Sefolosha, but not enough to be a fantasy option.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook had easily his best game since returning from his knee injury Wednesday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Westbrook shot just 6-of-24 in the first two games but made 8-of-17 from the field, 5-of-5 from the foul line and 3-of-6 from 3-point range for 24 points with nine assists and three rebounds Wednesday. However, the Thunder dropped to 0-3 since he returned, with all three losses coming at home.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant's 42 points and 10 assists were not enough to help Oklahoma City avoid a home loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Durant launched 30 shots and 12 free throws, giving him 52 field-goal attempts and 22 free-throw attempts in two games since Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup. We expect Durant's attempts to drop off a bit once Westbrook returns to form (he went 7-of-25 from the field in his first two games back).
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will miss a week's worth of games while he recovers from a strained groin. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: Perkins (3.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg) got hurt during Thursday's loss to Miami. In 54 contests this season, Perkins has scored double-digit points exactly one time. The 29-year-old has no business being owned in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins strained his groin Thursday against Miami. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: He'll be out for the rest of the game. Perkins has been awful all season and tonight was no exception. He produced just one rebound in eight minutes of action. The Thunder seem content playing without a center for the time being.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made it through the morning shootaround without any setbacks and is ready to play Thursday against Miami. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: Westbrook's return will send Reggie Jackson to the bench (14.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.9 apg as a starter this season) and likely take shots and assists away from Kevin Durant. The three-time All-Star was averaging 21.3 ppg before his knee scope.
Description: All-Star guard Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) made it through the morning shootaround without incident.
Insight: Westbrook (knee) is still a game-time decision, but at least there were no setbacks. Westbrook's expected return will send Reggie Jackson to the bench (14.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.9 apg as a starter this season) and likely take shots and assists away from Kevin Durant.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, the Thunder will make a decision on Russell Westbrook's status for Thursday's game in the morning.
Insight: Westbrook (knee) practiced Wednesday and coach Scott Brooks said he "looked good." Kevin Durant has averaged 35 points (22.4 FGA, 10.1 FTA) during Westbrook's absence, and Reggie Jackson has been good for 14.8 points, 5.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game during that span. Both players will take a hit with Westbrook back, a major one in Jackson's case.
Description: According to Marc J. Spears of yahoo.com, the Oklahoma City Thunder are hopeful that Russell Westbrook will return for Thursday's game against Miami. The guard underwent his second knee scope since late October on Dec. 27 and missed the last 27 games.
Insight: Westbrook will be reevaluated on Tuesday to determine if he's ready to return. Kevin Durant has averaged 35 points (22.4 FGA, 10.1 FTA) during Westbrook's absence, and Reggie Jackson has been good for 14.8 points, 5.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game during that span. Both players will take a hit with Westbrook back, a major one in Jackson's case.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was seen with an ice pack on his right hip during the last game with Portland, but there are no indications that it will keep him from doing what he does.
Insight: Durant put up 36 points and 10 rebounds against Portland, though he did have eight turnovers. Portland tried to get physical with Durant and other teams are doing the same thing. He's still playing at an MVP level, but he's been a bit beat up lately. The All-Star break will help.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant committed eight turnovers Tuesday against Portland but he made up for it by generating 36 points, ten rebounds and two assists.
Insight: As usual, Durant was at his best in the fourth quarter, delivering 12 of his 36 points in that period. Durant's 32 30-point games this season are almost as many as LeBron James and Kevin Love have combined (33).
Description: Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson has averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals his last 20 games.
Insight: Jackson had 19 points, six assists and three triples Sunday against the Knicks. His fantasy value will take a big hit when Russell Westbrook returns after the All-Star break. He has averaged 1.4 more points and 1.7 more assists as a starter than off the bench this season.
Description: OKC forward Kevin Durant torched the Knicks for 41 points and came within one assist of a triple-double Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Durant had 10 boards, nine assists, four threes, two blocks and a steal to go with his scoring explosion Sunday. The 25-year-old has averaged 34.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.7 triples, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks in 24 games since Russell Westbrook last played. He's basically the perfect fantasy basketball asset.