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OKC Thunder: Lu Dort unlikely to play Game 1 against Rockets

Thunder guard Luguentz Dort is not likely to play in Game 1 against the Rockets, coach Billy Donovan said after practice Monday. 

"I think we're pretty confident about that, but again, he's progressed," Donovan said. "We'll see where he's at tomorrow and see how much progress he can continue to make." 

Dort suffered a right knee sprain last week and was considered day-to-day heading into the playoffs. 

It's a significant blow for the Thunder, as Dort was likely to be the primary option to defend Rockets superstar James Harden. 

Dort has started 28 games in his rookie season after signing with the Thunder as an undrafted free agent. 

The Thunder and Rockets will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

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August 7, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) plays for the ball against Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) during the first half of an NBA game at Visa Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

August 7, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) plays for the ball against Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) during the first half of an NBA game at Visa Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-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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