OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson will play in Friday scrimmage, Nerlens Noel out
Thunder guard Andre Roberson will play in a 4 p.m. Friday scrimmage against the Celtics, coach Billy Donovan said before tip-off.
"We'll see how the first half goes and look to mix and match different players, but he has no restrictions on him at all," Donovan said.
Though just a scrimmage, Roberson's participation could be a significant step toward returning to the court when the regular season resumes Aug. 1.
Friday could also mark one of the final twists in Roberson's 30-month recovery from a horrific knee injury. Roberson ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee on Jan. 27, 2018 at Detroit.
After several setbacks, Roberson hasn't played in the 909 days since his initial injury.
Roberson entered training camp this season with "no restrictions," but he didn't play in a preseason or regular season game. In December, the Thunder announced that Roberson would continue his rehab away from the team in Los Angeles.
Roberson was one of 16 Thunder players to travel to Orlando for the season restart.
Roberson, known for his lockdown defense, averaged 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game from 2013-18. The former 26th overall pick in the 2013 draft has started 269 games for the Thunder.
Reserve center Nerlens Noel will be the only Thunder player unavailable Friday.
Noel recently tweaked his ankle, but he did practice with the team Wednesday. Donovan expects Noel to practice again Saturday and scrimmage against the 76ers on Sunday.
Noel is averaging 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He leads the team with 82 blocks.