Thunder news: Darius Bazley out for at least 4-6 weeks due to bone bruise
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Thunder rookie Darius Bazley out for at least 4-6 weeks due to bone bruise

Darius Bazley, Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder has announced that rookie Darius Bazley will be out for at least four to six weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee.

Bazley suffered the injury in Thunder’s 112-111 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. He left during the first quarter and did not return due to the injury.

Bazley was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. The Jazz traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies, who then sent him to the Thunder.

The 19-year-old has played in all 53 of the Thunder’s games this season, averaging 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes. Bazley is shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range.

In December, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan spoke highly of Bazley.

“I think he’s got a really bright future ahead of him, he’s a great kid, picks things up very quickly. He’s obviously very young, so he’s going to get stronger. He’s going to gain more experience,” Donovan said.

“There’s a lot of things he can do athletically. He can handle the ball, he can pass. I think he’ll become a better shooter, a more consistent shooter. But I think you look at him as a player, there’s really nothing he can’t do.”

Despite trading away superstars Paul George and Russel Westbrook last summer, the Thunder have played surprisingly well this season. They’re currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference with a record of 32-21.

The Thunder will be seeking to return to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.