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Thunder: Danilo Gallinari, Dennis Schroder, Hamidou Diallo return from injuries

The Thunder will be close to full strength Tuesday night against the Mavericks. Forward Danilo Gallinari and guards Dennis Schroder and Hamidou Diallo are all available to play, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said before the game. 

None will have a minutes restriction. 

Diallo's return is most notable. He missed the last 17 games with a right elbow hyperextension sprain. Diallo was given a four to six week timetable to be re-evaluated. Tuesday marks five weeks and one day since that timetable was announced. 

"We'll see where he's at," Donovan said. "He's been able to do some things on the court over these last several weeks to keep his conditioning up. But because of our schedule, limited amounts of practice, it's not like he's had a lot of contact inside of our team." 

Diallo averaged 21 minutes per game before his injury. Known more for his defense, Diallo is shooting 50 percent from the floor, up from 45.5 percent in his rookie season. He's averaging 8.8 points per game. 

Gallinari will likely return to the starting lineup after missing OKC's last four games with left ankle soreness. 

Schroder will resume his sixth man role after missing one game with right ankle soreness. 

Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who is recovering from a left wrist sprain and a back contusion, is available to play, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said before the game. Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is out with a left hamstring sprain. 

The Thunder and Mavericks will tip-off at 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena. 

Related Photos
Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) celebrates after a basket 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. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) celebrates after a basket 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. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [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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