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Thunder: Hamidou Diallo practices without restrictions

Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo, wearing a tight sleeve on his left leg, participated in a contact practice Thursday. 

"He did everything today," coach Billy Donovan said after practice. "We’ll see how he responds from that. But he wasn’t restricted on anything." 

Diallo has missed OKC's last three games with a left knee sprain. Diallo's status will be updated before the Thunder hosts the Lakers at 7 p.m. Friday. If healthy, Diallo will be one option to defend LeBron James. 

Andre Roberson participated in contact practices earlier this season, but he didn't participate Thursday. Roberson (left knee injury recovery) hasn't played in a competitive game since rupturing his left patellar tendon in January 2018. 

"You’ve been out for almost going on two years now, you want to go out there and make sure you’re ready to play and you’re ready to be able to provide quality minutes," Donovan said. "But I think for him, he’s really not quite all the way there from a comfort standpoint. I think that's what he's trying to work towards." 

There is no timeline for Roberson's return. Donovan was asked last week if Roberson will play this season. 

"We're hopeful," Donovan said. "He's a lot better off today than last year at this point. Where that leads and how far away from playing is he? It's just too hard for me to say." 

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Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a dunk during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma CIty Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.  [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a dunk during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma CIty Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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