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Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out against Celtics

Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will not play Sunday night at Boston, a team spokesman confirmed before the game. 

Gilgeous-Alexander is out with a right hip contusion. It will be his first missed game of the season. The 21-year-old guard has started all 63 games. 

Gilgeous-Alexander is tied with 76ers forward Tobias Harris for the most minutes played this season: 2,214. 

"There's been some games where I think I probably could've done a better job with him," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "I think here of late his minutes have been somewhat reasonable. We've had some guys against some tough opponents where his minutes have gotten up around 38, 39, which in my opinion is too much for him. 

"But at the same point I've tried to balance utilizing two of those three guards together if not sometimes three of them playing together because they have really facilitated and generated offense for us. I'm definitely mindful of where he's at. He's handled it very, very well considering he's in his second year." 

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 35.1 minutes per game this season compared to 26.5 in his rookie season with the Clippers. He leads the Thunder with 19.3 points per game and is second on the team with 6.1 rebounds per game. 

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Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and Abdel Nader (11) walk off the court during a timeout in  an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and Abdel Nader (11) walk off the court during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The...

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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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