Shai Gilgeous-Alexander enters COVID protocols

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has entered Covid protocols – and rookie Josh Giddey has exited, according to league portal. OKC plays Dallas on Sunday.
Source: Twitter @wojespn

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, per @Adrian Wojnarowski. pic.twitter.com/9T4EQHcCnQ1:45 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has entered Covid protocols – and rookie Josh Giddey has exited, according to league portal. OKC plays Dallas on Sunday. – 1:33 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA on Ty Jerome: “Ty knows how to win. Every time he’s on the floor, it’s a positive.” pic.twitter.com/cL88px2AE410:48 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said his ankle “felt better” he will ice it tonight. – 10:45 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander says Ty Jerome “knows how to win.” Says he makes big plays. – 10:44 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Aaron Wiggins when asked how OKC got so many catch and shoot 3’s “Shai draws a lot of attention, he is an unselfish player he is willing to make those extra passes.” Said it was a point of emphasis to be ready to shoot. – 10:33 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Wilks on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s defense “continues to grow. Take on challenges, he is a great competitor, he wants to be better…he is so coachable.” Says SGA provides great leadership. – 10:26 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Wilks said part of the game plan was having Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pull Robinson out of the paint to open the paint up for attacks. – 10:22 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Final: Thunder 95, Knicks 80.
Knicks fall to 17-19, tied for ninth in the East.
• Barrett 26-7-3, 10-20 FGs
• Quickley 11 pts
• Robinson 9 & 12
• SGA 23-4-4
Knicks shot only 8-41 (19.5%) from 3, had only 12 assists. Oly two Knicks scored in double figures. – 10:06 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through three quarters, the Thunder lead the Knicks 74-65.
• Barrett 20 & 6
• Robinson 8 & 8
• Burks 9 pts
• SGA 20-4-3
Knicks shooting only 38-19-56 for the game. They’re 6-for-32 from deep. – 9:41 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Halftime. Thunder lead the Knicks 51-49.
• Barrett 13 & 5
• Robinson 6 & 4
• Toppin 5 & 5
• SGA 16-4-2
Knicks 5-for-24 from deep right now. – 9:01 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Shai has had some crazy finishes tonight. – 9:00 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA can score 40 tonight if he wants.
The Knicks have no answer for him. – 8:54 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through one quarter, the Thunder lead the Knicks 23-20.
• Robiso 6 & 2
• Barrett 5 & 3
• Toppin 3-3-2
• SGA 7-2-2
Knicks shot just 8-26 on FGs, 2-13 on 3Ps in the period. – 8:35 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Wilks on the difference in having Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the floor “really good play maker, we run a lot of things for him and through him.” Mentions even using Shai off ball to create space for others. – 6:31 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Asked Mike Wilks about Shai’s 3-point shooting. Wilks said there’s an emphasis to get Shai easier 3-point looks off the ball. – 6:28 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Thunder starters vs Knicks
SGA
Dort
Wiggins
Watson Jr
Roby
Shai returns to bring in the New Year. – 6:22 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Wilks says the starters are
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Lu Dort
Aaron Wiggins
Paul Watson Jr
Isaiah Roby – 6:22 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kenrich Williams will both play tonight, per Mike Wilks.
Starters:
– Shai
– Lu
– Wiggins
– Watson
– Roby – 6:22 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Shai will start versus Knicks tonight. – 6:21 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Wilks says Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is available tonight – 6:21 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Knicks are listing Evan Fournier (sore right ankle) as questionable for tonight’s game vs. the Thunder.
OKC is listing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right ankle soreness) as questionable.
SGA didn’t play Wednesday. OKC has yet to win a game this season without SGA in the lineup. – 4:31 PM

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