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Dennis Schroder missed Thunder-Blazers game due to birth of child

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder missed his team’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night due to the fact that he was witnessing the birth of his first child.

Schroder took to Instagram to post a photo of his beautiful newborn baby on Tuesday.

Schroder is in his first year with the Thunder after coming over from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade back in July. On the season, he is averaging 15.7 points, 4.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds over 28.3 minutes per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range and 82.1 percent from the free-throw line in a bench role.

The 25-year-old Germany native was originally selected by the Hawks in the first round (17th pick overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft. He played in 13 games during his rookie campaign, registering just 3.4 points across 13.1 minutes a night.

The following year, Schroder earned a much more significant role within Atlanta’s offense, registering 10 points, 4.1 assists and 2.1 boards through 19.7 minutes per game while making 42.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, 35.1 percent of his long-distance tries and 82.7 percent of his foul shots.

Playing behind Jeff Teague for the first three seasons of his career, Schroder finally get the chance to start during the 2016-17 campaign after Teague’s departure, going on to record 17.9 points and 6.3 assists a night.

He then recorded 19.4 points and 6.2 assists per game last season, connecting on 43.6 percent of his shots, 29 percent of his triples and 84.9 percent of his free throws.

The Thunder currently own a record of 37-19 and will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.