Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hit with concerning update on foot injury
It has now been nearly a month since fans last saw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander take the floor for the Oklahoma City Thunder. As it appears, however, it looks like SGA will need to spend more time on the sidelines as he slowly recovers from a lingering right foot injury.
According to Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault, Gilegous-Alexander might need more time to recover than initially expected:
Mark Daigneault says SGA had re-imaging done and is a bit behind where the team hoped. “He’s definitely progressed but not to the point we’d like.”
He says he will have images done again in two weeks.
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As Daigneault expressed above, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has fallen behind in his recovery timetable. It does not sound like he had suffered a significant setback, but simply put, his injury has not healed as quickly as the team had hoped for initially.
We’ll now need to wait two more weeks before we get another update on SGA, who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis on his right foot. This type of injury can be particularly challenging, and for the most part, one of the best ways to recover from the same is through extended rest.
With the season now winding down and with the Thunder having little to no chance of making the playoffs this season, it’s sounding a lot like SGA is now in danger of being shut down for the rest of the campaign.
OKC will have no motivation to rush their budding star back to its roster, and even when he becomes healthy enough, odds are that the Thunder will play it safe with the 22-year-old.
Based on his current timetable, SGA could return for the Thunder’s final few games of the campaign, but right now you can’t help but ask: what would be the point of bringing him back by then?