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The news gets worse for the Thunder, who are coming off a bad call loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have listed both Paul George (left knee soreness) and Andre Roberson (left patellar tendinitis) as out for the tomorrow night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (12-25) in their Game Notes.

You can view the Game Notes here.

George missed last night’s game and Roberson left with 18 seconds remaining and did not return. Donovan said in post game it would have been Roberson on Giannis Antetokounmpo, not Josh Huestis, if he was healthy.

Fred Katz at the Norman Transcript was first to report this.

Now this could be only scheming. You list the two players out more than 24 hours before the game. Then, tomorrow you list them as doubtful and by game-time they’re ready to go. Oklahoma City likes to be secretive and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a thing. They’ll wait as long as possible to name a starting replacement due to this as well.

Oklahoma City is now 1-2 without either George or Roberson in the lineup. George previous missed games against Brooklyn and Memphis. Roberson missed Charlotte and Indiana.

It’s unknown who will replace the two in the starting line up if they’re unable to go. The probable starters on the Game Notes lists the same ones from last night. However, Josh Huestis stepped in and played big minutes last night. He was a plus-21 while Alex Abrines was negative-24. Usually single game plus/minus can be ignored, but not that big.

You will probably see a combination of Huestis and Abrines in the place. Maybe they’ll surprise everyone and start Daniel Hamilton, which is something I’d like to see.

The Thunder host the Mavericks in a New Year’s Even showdown at 6 p.m. on FS Oklahoma. The Mavericks have won three straight and the Thunder are 7-3 in their last 10 games, including 12 of their last 16 games. The two teams split their previous two meetings this season, both winning at home.

Roberson is averaging 5.0 points on 52.4 percent shooting this season. His defensive rating of 96.5 is No. 1 in the NBA and will surely be missed.

George in 33 games this season is averaging 20.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and an NBA best 2.5 steals per game.

The Thunder cancelled practice due to the icy road conditions in Oklahoma City today. So, there was no media availability to ask about the status of either player.

 

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