Anthony Morrow is going to miss the start of the regular season due to a left MCL sprain that occurred at Thursday's practice. The typical recovery time for such an injury is approximately 4-6 weeks. Morrow should be reevaluated in the upcoming days.
Thunder guard Anthony Morrow sustained a sprained MCL at Thursday's practice and will now miss the start of the regular season.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) October 24, 2014
The Thunder had up to 9 injured players during the NBA preseason. Three of them (Durant, Morrow, McGary) are going to miss the first several weeks of the 2014-2015 NBA regular season. However, players such as Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb, and Nick Collison are expected to be available in the Thunder regular season debut.
The Thunder situation is really getting critical and concerning. During the preseason, we used to worry about lack of production from certain positions. Now its no longer as significant as simply having enough players who can remain healthy until the end of the year.
Obviously, Morrow's absence is going to have an impact on the team offensively. The team is going to be in shortage of players who can lift the bench as well as provide reliable offensive production with Durant's absence.
Kevin Durant is still the big piece that is missing and it was already going to be tough to cover the absence of a player who averages 32 points a game. Now with Morrow out, this task becomes even greater.
The Thunder are unlikely to obtain a spot in the top 3 seeds of the Western Conference. As the same time as their injured players recover, they are going to undergo a difficult mission where they will have climb the ladder again all the way to the top seed.