Who: Oklahoma City Thunder (1-3) at Orlando Magic (4-1)
When: Saturday, January 2nd, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Line: Orlando -5, O/U: 217.5
Injuries/Out: Oklahoma City - Trevor Ariza (personal), Ty Jerome (ankle); Orlando - Al-Farouq Aminu (knee), James Ennis (hamstring), Evan Fournier (back), Jonathan Isaac (knee), Chuma Okeke (knee)
|100.0 (29th)||ORtg||109.9 (14th)|
|110.6 (19th)||DRtg||108.0 (13th)|
|101.2 (18th)||Pace||104.2 (4th)|
|George Hill||PG||Markelle Fultz|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||G||Michael Carter-Williams|
|Lu Dort||SF||Dwayne Bacon|
|Darius Bazley||PF||Aaron Gordon|
|Al Horford||C||Nikola Vucevic|
Quotes from Coach Clifford
“James (Ennis) played two-on-two this morning. I think he’s getting closer and closer. I’d say ‘Chief’ (Aminu) is...I don’t know a definitive timetable. He still has some work to do.” ~ Coach Clifford on the availabilities of James Ennis and Al-Farouq Aminu
“Obviously over these last couple of years, we’ve had more than our share of nights that we’ve played without (the total) roster. So I think they understand that they have to play well. This league is unforgiving, the schedule this year is even more challenging because of how condensed the games are. You don’t want to play a lot of games without your better players for longer periods of time, but you can win any night with the team (that you have). You have to concentrate on playing well with the guys that you have.” ~ Coach Clifford on playing without so many guys due to injuries
“He’s cleared to play. He’s (not) not playing because he physically can’t go. He’s not playing because he’s not in rhythm. Again. through no fault of his own, he had no training camp (really), no contact. He hasn’t played since March, he can play in all of these games. He played two-on-two today. We’re trying to find ways for him to get contact, just like (James) Ennis and the other guys who aren’t as ready to play in games. And it’s hard, because we don’t practice much. And when we do practice, because we play every other day, we’re not doing contact.” ~ Coach Clifford on Mo Bamba’s progress
For an extended preview of tonight’s Magic/Thunder contest, check out our site’s preview here.
Chuma Okeke is expected to miss several weeks. The team is calling his injury a bone bruise. Okeke’s return will depend upon his response to treatment (left knee).
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