Injury update: Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo is progressing without setbacks
Thunder athletic trainer Tony Katzenmeier stood outside the 3-point line, watching Hamidou Diallo work out with two assistant coaches after practice Saturday. Diallo, with his right elbow encased in a black compression sleeve, drove to the paint and pulled up for a midrange jumper.
On Nov. 25, the Thunder announced that Diallo (right elbow hyperextension sprain) would be re-evaluated in four to six weeks. The four-week mark comes up Monday, and according to Thunder coach Billy Donovan, Diallo has progressed through his injury rehabilitation without any setbacks.
“I think he’s feeling good,” Donovan said Saturday. “The biggest thing I think he’s trying to do is keep himself in shape. I think that first part was a little bit difficult for him to really be able to do much because his arm was in a sling. But now that he’s got it out and he’s got the ability to run and move and use his right hand some, and use his right arm some, that’s been a good thing.”
As of Saturday, Daillo was able to shoot with that right hand. But, according to Donovan, he’s limited in the number of shots he can take and how far from the basket he can take them. The medical staff has drawn up a plan that increases both number and distance as Diallo progresses.
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