Dennis Schroder (personal) out for Thunder vs. Blazers
When asked prior to the game, head coach Billy Donovan did not disclose any further details concerning the matter, but the Thunder have just one game remaining prior to the All-Star break, which comes Thursday at New Orleans.
Thunder Injury Update: Dennis Schroder (personal reasons) is out tonight vs. Blazers
— Jamie Hudson (@JamieHudsonNBCS) February 11, 2019
The Thunder will be without two main contributors when they square off with the Blazers on Monday, as Jerami Grant has also been ruled out due to an ankle sprain. If anything could slow Oklahoma City, who has won 10 of their last 11 and currently sits in third place in the Western Conference standings, it would be injuries and prolonged absences from key contributors.
Oklahoma City agreed to waive shooting guard Alex Abrines last week as he tends to a personal matter of his own, leaving the team with available minutes on the wing for those looking to increase their time on the court. Rookie Hamidou Diallo figures to see a sizable role off the bench, while starter Terrance Ferguson could be asked to do even more than usual alongside Russell Westbrook.
In his first season with the Thunder, Dennis Schroder has averaged 15.7 points and 4.1 assists per game, a decrease from where he was at last season as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. Despite his reduction in role and move to the bench, Schroder is now shooting a career-best 36.0 percent from 3-point range and seems to have embraced leading the team’s second unit.