Injury update: Danilo Gallinari out for Thunder vs. Grizzlies
Thunder power forward Danilo Gallinari (left ankle soreness) will miss at least OKC's next three games.
In addition to missing the Thunder's game against the Grizzlies on Thursday, Gallinari will not travel with the Thunder to Charlotte and Toronto this coming week, according to OKC coach Billy Donovan.
"He’s going to stay here and just go though some rehab and rest and those kind of things," Donovan said, "but it’s nothing that we’re concerned about structurally at all. It’s just more of a precaution and trying to make sure he’s OK with what we’ve got coming."
A packed January schedule means the Thunder won't have consecutive days off until February. The team plays two back-to-backs in the next week and a half.
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Gallinari is the Thunder’s third-leading scorer this season, averaging 18 points per game. He’s shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range through 27 games.
Gallianri was also a late scratch from OKC’s 118-112 win over the Clippers on Sunday. Rookie Darius Bazley started in his place. Bazley is averaging 4.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and one steal in two starts.
“You definitely feel (more comfortable on defense), especially when you play teams a second time,” Balzey said after shootaround Thursday. “You kind of get a feel for that player, what they like to do. Definitely at the beginning of the year, I wouldn’t say it was discomfort, but it all was new for me. And not that it’s not anymore, but as I’m going into the season more, I am getting a lot more comfortable.”
The Thunder plays the Grizzlies for the second time in just over a week. OKC coach Billy Donovan will announce starters closer to game time.