According to a recent report from Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coach Billy Donovan, Victor Oladipo will not play in Wednesday’s game vs. New Orleans.
Tonight will mark Oladipo’s fifth-consecutive absence since sustaining an injured wrist during OKC’s Dec. 11 victory over Boston. Oklahoma City is 2-2 minus its second-leading scorer.
At Wednesday morning’s team shootaround, Donovan had these comments regarding Oladipo’s measured recovery process:
"No change at all in terms of what he can and can’t do. That’s what he’s been doing, just out here with the guys and stretching with them and [doing] things that he can do. But he’s not using his right hand at all."
Donovan further elaborated on Oladipo’s situation by stating:
"I think he’s probably had plenty of rest, to be honest with you, Donovan said. I think it also gives him an opportunity to go through rehab here. I think it’s an opportunity for him to connect with the guys and spend time with those guys, support them. Those kind of decisions, I think if it was something he really needed to be doing, that would be a better option for him back in OKC, I think he would do that."
Donovan has already announced, per Fred Katz, that eighth-year guard Anthony Morrow will again start in Oladipo’s place. Morrow has opened in Oklahoma City’s previous two contests, averaging 7.5 ppg.
Morrow scored four points in Oklahoma City’s 110-108 loss to Atlanta on Monday.
Check back with WTLC for further updates concerning Victor Oladipo’s injury status.