Terrance Ferguson returns to Thunder practice
Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson returned to practice Monday, after being away from the team for two weeks due to personal reasons.
He practiced with no restrictions, according to Thunder coach Billy Donovan. The team expects Ferguson will be available for the OKC’s home game Wednesday against Cleveland.
“It’s great to have him back,” Donovan said. “He seems to be in a really good place.”
Ferguson missed eight straight games. Per team policy, the Thunder does not disclose specifics of players’ personal matters.
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Such lengthy breaks from game action often affects players’ conditioning. That may be a short-term concern for Ferguson, Donovan said, but the defensive-minded guard didn’t show signs of unusual fatigue in practice Monday.
“Ferg’s one of those guys,” Donovan said, “he never seems like he ever looks tired to me. He runs around, and he’s really good motor and energy. So, he looked like his normal self.”
In Ferguson’s absence, rookie Luguentz Dort made seven starts. As Ferguson has most of the season, Dort matched up on opposing team’s best offensive players. Dort, a two-way-contract player, averaged 9.3 points and 1.3 steals in 26 minutes per game as a starter.
Donovan said he has not decided whether Ferguson will start on Wednesday.
“I want to see how he’s doing,” Donovan said. “I think having today and tomorrow to practice is good for him to get back into practice and see where he’s at. But that will probably be a conversation he and I will talk about going forward.”