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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, down past All-Star

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for at least three weeks. As announced by the organization, the guard He has suffered a significant sprain in his right ankle that will force him to stop at least until after the All-Star, at which time he will be evaluated again.

The injury occurred in the third quarter of the game OKC lost to Indiana. Gilgeous-Alexander tried a drive to the basket but on the way he stepped on Justin Holiday and his joint was sprained. The player quickly felt pain and fell to the ground. He stayed on the court to shoot two free throws, but then limped off feeling he couldn’t continue.

For Oklahoma, the importance of the loss of their best player is relative. It is true that they lose 22.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, but in the same way the team is in full reconstruction and currently manages a balance of 14-34. Without him we can’t expect anything but more losses, as they are 0-5 this season when Gilgeous-Alexander has been absent.

Given the context of the current season, it is clear that they are not going to rush their return. The goal of the organization is set in the medium/long term and what happens in the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign is not going to change that future.

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