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OKC Thunder: Dennis Schroder out for Grizzlies game, Steven Adams likely to play

Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder is still away from the team after leaving the bubble for the birth of his second child, coach Billy Donovan confirmed Thursday. 

Schroder will miss the Thunder's game Friday against the Grizzlies, and Donovan didn't have a timeline for Schroder's return. Schroder left the bubble sometime between Saturday night and Monday afternoon to be with his family. 

Schroder will have to quarantine for four days upon returning to the bubble before rejoining the team. 

While Schroder remains out, the Thunder might be closer to full strength Friday. 

Guard Terrance Ferguson, who's missed the last two games with a leg contusion, "went through a good majority of things" in practice Thursday, Donovan said. 

Center Mike Muscala also did more in practice, and Donovan said the team will know more about Muscala's availability after he goes through concussion protocol Friday. 

After a scary fall Wednesday night against the Lakers, center Steven Adams "should be fine to play" against the Grizzlies, Donovan said. 

"Steven's definitely a force of nature," center Nerlens Noel said Thursday. "He's a beastly person. He takes a lot of contact on a night-to-night basis, and we know we've gotta have his back." 

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Aug 1, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) drives into Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Aug 1, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) drives into Oklahoma City Thunder's Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

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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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