Thunder: Danilo Gallinari, Terrance Ferguson listed as out against Trail Blazers
Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari will rest Saturday night against the Trail Blazers, according to the latest injury report. It's the first time this season a Thunder player has been out with a "rest" designation.
The Thunder and Trail Blazers will tip-off at 8 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Both teams are playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
"Ultimately it's players that feel like they need a rest or they're not feeling well enough to play at the level they need to play at," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Friday night, when asked about resting players. "But we're not dictating to them, 'Hey, you're not playing tonight.' That's obviously a collaborative effort and certainly they play a big role in those decisions."
The NBA's resting policy prohibits teams from sitting players in nationally televised games. It also requires teams to rest players during home games, absent "unusual circumstances."
Gallinari is the Thunder's second leading scorer at 19 points per game. He's shooting 41 percent from 3-point range on a team-high 7.5 long-range attempts per game.
Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (illness) is also listed as out against Portland. Ferguson played seven minutes Friday night before exiting the game. Fellow guard Abdel Nader will miss his third consecutive game with a left ankle sprain.
Thunder center Steven Adams is available to play against Portland, Donovan said. Adams sat out Friday night with a right knee contusion.
Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will not play Saturday night. McCollum sprained his left ankle Friday at Dallas.
Add McCollum's name to a lengthy list of injured Trail Blazers. Center Jusuf Nurkic has yet to play this season as he rehabs from a left leg fracture. Guard Rodney Hood is out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury. Power forward Zach Collins has been out since October with a shoulder injury. Reserve center Skal Labissiere is out with a left knee injury.
"I’ve never been on a team with this many injuries and illnesses," Portland center Hassan Whiteside told reporters Friday night. "The situation is really tough right now. It’s a very talented team. I just hate that the fans and the organization can’t see it healthy."