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Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Jalen Williams (hip) will miss a third game in a row Saturday versus the 76ers. Williams is off to a fantastic start to the season, but a hip issue has sidelined him, and it's unclear when he will be able to return. The 22-year-old is second on the team in scoring with 17.5 points and has recorded 4.1 rebounds with 3.6 assists. Rookie Cason Wallace has started the past two games in Williams' absence, but he hasn't been very productive with his minutes. Isaiah Joe, on the other hand, has been on fire off the bench and deserves consideration by fantasy managers.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Lindy Waters III (back) is regarded as questionable for Saturday's meeting with Philadelphia. The 26-year-old is suffering from lower back spasms, which forced him to leave Wednesday's game against Chicago early. Waters III has started his third NBA season in 2023-24, logging 7.0 minutes per game across seven outings. He only plays a minuscule role for the team, and Waters III's absence shouldn't affect the Thunder in any shape or form.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ran the show against Chicago Wednesday night, registering a game-high 40 points with 12 assists in a 116-102 win. He finished 11-for-19 from the floor and missed only one of his 18 attempts at the free-throw line. Across 37 minutes of action, the Thunder leader also collected five rebounds, one steal, and two blocks. Gilgeous-Alexander now boasts three 40-point performances for the season, and he's taken up the fourth spot on the league's scoring charts, posting 30.4 points per game with a very efficient 53.8 percent field-goal percentage. Additionally, the Kentucky product deserves praise for his defensive work, as Gilgeous-Alexander leads the league with 2.4 steals.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Jalen Williams (hip) will not play in Wednesday's game versus the Chicago Bulls. A left hip strain will keep Williams in the seats for another game, after he missed Sunday's 134-91 road rout of the Portland Trail Blazers with the injury. The balanced 22-year-old is averaging 17.5 points, 3.6 dimes, and 1.1 treys this season. Fantasy managers hope the defensive prowess Williams showed during his rookie campaign comes to light again at some point, with his 1.0 combined steals and blocks this year down from his robust 1.9 figure in this area from a season ago. First-round rookie Cason Wallace entered head coach Mark Daigneault's starting five with just two points in 20 minutes during Williams' absence on Sunday, but the smoking-hot Isaiah Joe, who's shooting a stratospheric 77.3% on 4.4 average three-point attempts through his last five nights, is worth streaming for points and threes on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Cason Wallace (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's rematch versus Golden State. The 10th pick of this year's draft logged 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday night, but he appears to have injured his right shoulder at some point. Wallace has looked solid in the early parts of his rookie season. He's averaging only 8.1 points, but Wallace has done it with an impressive 64.4 percent shooting, and the 20-year-old has also tallied 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 22.9 minutes off the bench. Isaiah Joe had a monster 7-for-7 effort from deep on Thursday and could get extra action if Wallace is out, while Vasilije Micic and Aaron Wiggins could also cover some of his minutes.