Latest News: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's Injury Status for Jan 16 Game Against Clippers

Thunder Star Ready for Action Despite Injury Concerns

by Nouman Rasool
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Latest News: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's Injury Status for Jan 16 Game Against Clippers
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In a highly anticipated NBA showdown, the Oklahoma City Thunder are gearing up to face the LA Clippers on January 16, Tuesday. This matchup, set to tip off at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the renowned Crypto.com Arena, marks the second encounter between these two teams in the 2023-24 season.

Previously, the Thunder claimed victory over the Clippers with a convincing 134-115 win on December 21. The Thunder, currently holding the second spot in the Western Conference with a 27-12 record, are keen to bounce back from their recent loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, which halted their impressive four-game winning streak.

On the flip side, the Clippers, boasting multiple All-Stars including the formidable Kawhi Leonard, are no easy opponents.

SGA's Injury Update

All eyes are on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder’s standout guard, as he prepares to face his former team.

The latest injury report from the OKC Thunder indicates no players on the list, suggesting SGA is set to play despite recent concerns. The Thunder's medical team, however, remains vigilant over his knee injury, which had previously sidelined him for a game against the Golden State Warriors on November 2.

This season, Gilgeous-Alexander has been a pivotal player for the Thunder, averaging 31.3 points, 6.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals over 38 games, while maintaining a 55% field goal accuracy and an impressive 89.2% free throw percentage.

Gilgeous-Alexander's resilience is noteworthy. Despite a knee issue reported on January 14, he played against the Lakers, contributing 24 points, six assists, three rebounds, and a steal. His history of ankle, hip, foot, and back injuries underscores the crucial role his fitness plays in the Thunder’s campaign this season.

Fans eagerly awaiting this clash between the Thunder and the Clippers can tune in to TNT for live television coverage starting at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additionally, radio coverage is available through SiriusXM, AM 570 KLAC/S KWKW, and WWLS 98.1 FM OKC.

The game not only promises high-octane basketball action but also a compelling narrative as Gilgeous-Alexander returns to the court of the team that originally drafted him.

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