The Oklahoma City Thunder are officially in tank mode. With Josh Giddey and Lu Dort out for the season due to injuries, the team is also shutting down Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in their remaining games.

Head coach Mark Daigneault confirmed the decision ahead of their showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, per NBA insider Keith Smith. SGA is currently dealing with an ankle injury and had been considered as day-to-day before the announcement.

Obviously with the season already lost, there is no use for the Thunder to rush Gilgeous-Alexander to return and play.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring with 24.5 points per game. Unfortunately for the team, even if he were to play, they have no chance at all to make the playoffs. Josh Giddey and Lu Dort, the team's no. 2 and 3 top-scorers respectively, have long been sideline with their own injuries.

Darius Bazley, who is basically the team's fourth option on offense, has also been ruled out for the rest of the campaign due to a knee injury.

With that said, it no longer makes sense to have SGA back. Instead, the Thunder made the decision to let him focus on his recovery.

However, this only puts more emphasis on the Thunder's tanking efforts. The Thunder have the fourth-worst record in the NBA heading to Monday's game, and it looks like they want it to stay that way as they look to add more young talent through the 2022 draft.