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Thunder G Josh Giddey OUT for rest of Thursday’s game vs. Clippers with ankle injury

Giddey limped to the locker room after suffering the injury and will not return.

Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder
Josh Giddey of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 18, 2023 at Paycom Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Update: It’s officially an ankle injury for Giddey and he will not be coming back to this game. Cason Wallace replaced him in the lineup to start the second half.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey went to the locker room Thursday after suffering a leg injury against the Los Angeles Clippers. Giddey was driving and slipped, causing the issue.

It’s an unfortunate injury for Giddey, who was playing well with 11 points, four assists and three rebounds in 14 minutes of action. The Thunder guard has been under a lot of scrutiny off the court, but continues to start for the team as the legal process and league investigation plays out. The Thunder have been one of the top teams in the West after making the play-in tournament last season, a sign this team is set to be a contender in the coming years as the roster keeps improving.

If Giddey is unable to return, look for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort to be the primary backcourt players for Oklahoma City. We could see Aaron Wiggins and Cason Wallace also getting more minutes, but SGA and Dort figure to be the biggest beneficiaries in terms of usage.