Sitting out against the Portland Trailblazers, Grant continues to nurse a sprained ankle while Schroder spent time surrounded by family due to the birth of a new baby. Regardless, the Oklahoma City Thunder earned a win over the Northwest Division foe. On Wednesday afternoon, Billy Donovan addressed the availability of the two for Thursday night’s contest.
Jerami Grant (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (personal matter) did not practice today.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 13, 2019
Preparing for a showdown with the New Orleans Pelicans, the duo failed to appear in practice due to the ongoing situations. In an attempt to deal with the shortened roster, the organization called up Deonte Burton and now Richard Solomon from the G League to bolster depth on the bench. Solomon reportedly signed a 10-day contract with just one game on the schedule before the All-Star Break.
On the court, Patrick Patterson is expected to maintain a starting role in the absence of Grant. Although the forward failed to record a point in the starting five against the Trailblazers, the 6’9″ player ripped down seven rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Filling the void for Schroder, OKC utilized the talents of Raymond Felton and Burton. Reaching new heights by entering the league, Burton recorded a career high 18-points in the last outing. Combined with Felton’s season-high 15-point effort, the Thunder found themselves in a good position.
Using a likely combination of the three on Thursday, there’s no need to rush the return of Grant or Schroder with the All-Star Break coming shortly.