Thunder forward Jerami Grant out on Monday vs. Blazers
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant will be out on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Per Royce Young of ESPN, Grant is listed as out due to an ankle sprain but his status is subject to change during the game day itself.
Jerami Grant (ankle sprain) is listed as out for tomorrow’s game against the Blazers. As always, subject to change.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 11, 2019
The 24-year-old suffered the injury in Saturday’s 117-112 win over the Houston Rockets. If Grant, the Thunder’s starting power forward sits out, both Abdel Nader and Patrick Patterson will likely get more playing time.
Grant, who’s in his fourth year in the league, is having his best season thus far. He’s averaging 13.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks across 32.3 minutes per game. Along with Nerlens Noel, he leads the team in blocked shots per game.
He’s tagged as one of the Thunder’s support players behind All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. A look at his game log would reveal that his consistency is what makes him a key pillar for the Thunder. It’s almost automatic that the 6-foot-9 forward will log in double-digits in points every night.
His penchant for blocking shots is also one of the main reasons why the Thunder are the third best defensive team in the league with a net rating of 104.9. Surely, his presence will be missed if he does indeed miss the game on Monday.