What was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's return from injury like? OKC Thunder star explains

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s return came with some caveats. The last time he’d returned, he ended an uncharacteristic night limping, masking any deficiencies with a game winner under the brightest of lights.

He revealed Tuesday night after the Thunder's 112-105 win against the Kings that his initial return from a quad contusion, an appearance against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, was premature.

“The past couple games, I tried to play through the injury, but it wasn’t healing fast enough,” he said.

Gilgeous-Alexander separated from the team after its stop in Boston during its road trip to get back to Oklahoma City.

“I came back because, with my contusion, all the flying and changing altitudes wouldn’t have been good for it,” SGA said. “I was able to really get treatment, work out, get recovery with our facility and get all the perks of that.”

After some precaution and days around familiarity, Gilgeous-Alexander made his return Tuesday. If his 40 points, seven rebounds and four assists weren’t enough indication, SGA noted that it's the best he’s physically felt since March 20.

“I haven’t felt 100% from the Utah game until tonight,” he said.

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