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.
Description: OKC forward Kevin Durant was incredible Monday in a comeback win over the Hawks.
Insight: Are you kidding me? Durant, who has scored at least 30 points in each of his last 11 games, is averaging just under 37 ppg for the month of January. Tonight he finished with 41, including the game-winning 12-footer with one second left in regulation. Durant had three defenders in his face when he hit the shot. Thirteen of his 41 came in the fourth quarter.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence and produced a triple-double as well as his 10th straight game with at least 30 points Saturday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Durant had 32 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block against the Sixers. He has averaged 38.2 ppg his last 10 games.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (shoulder) is playing Saturday against the 76ers, according to Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman.
Insight: Durant (31.0 ppg) injured his shoulder during Wednesday night's win over San Antonio and didn't play Friday against Boston. He has scored at least 30 points in nine straight games and averaged 38.9 ppg in that span.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant will not be on the court Friday against the Celtics. SOURCE: Anthony Slater, The Oklahoman
Insight: Durant (31.0 ppg) injured his shoulder during Wednesday night's win over San Antonio. With Durant out, Perry Jones will fill in at small forward. Friday will be Durant's first absence of the season.
Description: Kevin Durant will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against Boston due to a sore right shoulder.
Insight: Durant's recent hot streak has made him the favorite for MVP and he's already the No. 1 player in fantasy basketball. His 31.0 ppg average this season is a career-high and he also contributes with 7.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.5 spg and 2.1 threes. No one could replace him if he can't go.
Description: The Slim Reaper Kevin Durant led all Western Conference players in All-Star voting.
Insight: He's starting for the fourth year in a row. Durant's recent hot streak has made him the favorite for MVP. His 31.0 ppg average this season is a career-high. Durant has led the league in scoring three of the last four seasons.
Description: Though it wasn't always pretty, OKC small forward Kevin Durant extended his streak of 30-point games to nine in a row Wednesday in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: Durant's line included 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Unfortunately, the performance was marred by turnovers as Durant gave the ball up 11 times in the victory. He also suffered a nasty fall and may have aggravated his wrist injury. We'll see how he's feeling Friday night against Boston.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant has averaged 36.3 points, 23 field-goal attempts and 12.4 free-throw attempts per game in 12 games since Russell Westbrook last played.
Insight: That includes a career-high 54 points Friday against the Warriors and at least 30 points in each of the last six games. Durant averaged 28.1 points, 18.3 shots and 9.4 free throws in his first 28 games of the season.
Description: OKC small forward Kevin Durant was a scoring machine Tuesday in a loss to Memphis.
Insight: Durant has scored 30 or more in each of his last four games. He leads the NBA in scoring this season and it's not even that close. His 29.8 ppg average should rise while Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) is out of the lineup.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant left the arena with his left wrist in a brace on Saturday. He didn't practice Monday and is now considered questionable for Tuesday's tilt with Memphis.
Insight: Durant suffered the injury on a hard fall that occured when he tried to block a shot and was up-ended by teammate Reggie Jackson. There is no one on the OKC bench who can put up anything close to KD numbers if he is sidelined.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant left the arena with his left wrist in a brace after a hard fall during Saturday's game, according to newsok.com. However, it is considered precautionary.
Insight: Durant suffered the injury on a hard fall that occured when he tried to block a shot and was up-ended by teammate Reggie Jackson. He had his wrist taped and ended up making seven of his last nine shots. The superstar should be fine to play Tuesday.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka has come down with the flu. He won't be able to play Tuesday against Utah. SOURCE: Jonathan Rinehart, Jazz PR
Insight: It will be the first time Ibaka has sat out all season. He's been a three-category stud for the Thunder this year, generating new career-highs in points (14.1 ppg), rebounds (8.7 rpg) and free throw percentage (76 percent). He's fourth in the league in blocked shots at 2.26 blocks per game.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 48 points for the second time in the last three games Tuesday at Utah.
Insight: Durant made just 3-of-13 from 3-point range so it could have been an even bigger night. In seven games since Russell Westbrook underwent another knee surgery, Durant has averaged 23.3 field-goal attempts, 10.6 free-throw attempts and 35 points per game. He averaged 18.3 field-goal attempts, 9.4 free-throw attempts and 28.1 points before Westbrook went down.
Description: OKC forward Kevin Durant went off for 48 points in Saturday's win over Minnesota.
Insight: That's the most points any player has scored in a game this season. The seven-year vet is running away with the scoring title. Durant's 29.2 ppg average is nearly three points higher than Kevin Love's (second in the league at 26.4 ppg).
Description: To the surprise of no one, Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was the best player on the court Friday night in Charlotte.
Insight: The NBA's leading scorer was at it again on Friday with 34 points in 40 minutes of action. He added 12 rebounds and six assists for good measure. With Russell Westbrook out indefinitely, Durant is going to have to shoulder even more of the load on offense. Obviously this is good news for his fantasy owners.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook underwent a scope on his knee to address recent swelling and won't return until after the All-Star break, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: It was Westbrook's third knee surgery since tearing his right meniscus during the playoffs last season. Reggie Jackson is averaging 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 threes over his last 14 games and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook came close to a triple-double Friday in a win over the Lakers.
Insight: Westbrook cruised to 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in 31 minutes. An 81 percent free throw shooter for his career, the sixth-year guard out of UCLA hasn't missed a free throw in his last two games (15-for-15).
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (illness) will play Friday against the Pelicans, according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman.
Insight: Westbrook missed shootaround this morning but he's ready to go. Prior to suffering a knee injury in the playoffs last season, Westbrook had never missed a game in college or the NBA, so a minor illness is not going to keep him out.
Description: Oklahoma City small forward Kevin Durant didn't shoot the ball well Friday against the Warriors (7-of-22) but he still managed to post his sixth double-double of the season (25 points, 13 boards).
Insight: Durant also contributed five assists. Though he's only shot 37 percent from the field over the last three games, Durant has averaged a respectable 22.7 ppg over that stretch thanks in large part to his excellent free throw shooting (26-of-28).
Description: OKC forward Serge Ibaka filled up the stat sheet Friday in a win over Golden State.
Insight: Ibaka generated 18 points to go along with four blocks and 13 rebounds. Ibaka isn't known for his scoring but he's posted at least 17 points in each of his last four appearances. The 24-year-old is becoming a double-double machine (seven in 14 games this season).
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka had 15 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes Saturday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Ibaka has upped his scoring and rebounding averages for the second straight season, producing 14.9 ppg and 10.9 rpg, but his block numbers have been inconsistent so far. He's now averaging 2.0 rejections per game after putting up three-plus in each of the last two seasons.
Description: Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (illness) will miss Saturday's game against the Bucks.
Insight: Sefolosha is averaging 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals this season and is much more important to the Thunder than fantasy owners. He shouldn't have to miss too much time. UPDATE: Jeremy Lamb was expected to get his first career start, but Scott Brooks went with Andre Roberson at shooting guard against the Bucks to keep his second unit intact.
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will miss Thursday's game against Golden State following the death of his grandfather and he will miss the Thunder's next two games, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Perkins is a strong defensive player but he's never offered much value for fantasy owners averaging just 3.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg.
Description: Thunder rookie center Steven Adams is expected to move into the starting lineup for the next two games while Kendrick Perkins is out due to the death of his grandfather, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Adams, the 12th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has played 20 minutes per game as a reserve this season and is averaging 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.5 steals. The Thunder are unlikely to remove Perkins from the starting lineup permanently, however, as they were reluctant to amnesty him even though it gave them a better chance to retain James Harden.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant has reached the foul line 14 times per game this season and made 88.6 percent.
Insight: His career high in free-throw attempts per game in a season is 10.2, and he averaged 9.3 last season. The 25-year-old's field-goal percentage is a little low (for him) at 45.9 percent, and he has made only 34.8 percent of his threes, but he's still averaging 29.6 ppg due in large part to all the free throws.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is day-to-day with a left hip contusion, and SB Nation's Thunder blog reports that he isn't expected to miss any time.
Insight: Jackson's status will officially be updated after Oklahoma City's shootaround Friday in Detroit. The 23-year-old will continue to serve as Oklahoma City's sixth man with Russell Westbrook back in action.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) will start Sunday's game and won't have a minute restriction.
Insight: Westbrook was expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of October to alleviate swelling, but he was cleared to return well ahead of schedule Sunday. Get him back in your fantasy lineup immediately.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has passed all medical and physical benchmarks in his rehab and has been cleared to play Sunday.
Insight: That's a shocker. Westbrook was expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of October to alleviate swelling. He likely won't be turned loose right away but fantasy owners can safely get him back in the lineup. Reggie Jackson is likely to move to the bench and will serve as a sixth man. However, he'll still be the third option on offense and should remain a fantasy option.
Description: Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook could be back sooner than expected. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Westbrook was originally expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing offseason knee surgery but now it's looking like he could be back in about two weeks. Assuming he'll be 100 percent when he returns, Westbrook should be a top-ten fantasy player.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Westbrook, who had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on April 27, experienced swelling recently that GM Sam Presti said was caused by a loose stitch from the previous surgery. His meniscus has healed properly, but the additional operation was needed to give the 24-year-old "the best chance" to return at 100 percent, Presti said.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is dealing with swelling in his right knee, according to Royce Young of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Westbrook had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on April 27, three days after suffering the injury in Game 2 of the Thunder's first-round series versus Houston. Coach Scott Brooks said the swelling is "common," but Westbrook has to be considered questionable for the start of the season.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) has not yet been cleared to resume full basketball activities and is still without a timetable for when he will be cleared. SOURCE: NewsOK.com
Insight: Westbrook had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on April 27, three days after suffering the injury in Game 2 of the Thunder's first-round series versus Houston. "We expect him to take part in parts of camp and work his way through different parts until he's ultimately cleared for unrestricted activity," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. "But it's all going to be contingent upon how his body reacts to the additional load that he'll be carrying."