Russell Westbrook’s and Carmelo Anthony’s status for the Thunder’s high-profile game Tuesday against the reconstructed Cavaliers remains up in the air after both sat out their second consecutive game Sunday.
They are dealing with sprained ankles and were late scratches Sunday for OKC’s 110-92 win over the Grizzlies.
Paul George scored 33 points as the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder routed the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 110-92 Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
George helped the Thunder win without point guard Russell Westbrook (sprained left ankle) and forward Carmelo Anthony (sprained right ankle), who missed each missed a second consecutive game. George shot 10 of 24 as Oklahoma City won for the 10th time in 15 games by leading over the final 42:05.
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While posting his 10th game with at least 30 points, George also contributed eight assists and three steals.
Westbrook and Anthony were late scratches in both games, going through workouts prior to the Thunder’s game Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers and Sunday’s game against Memphis. Their official status for Tuesday’s game against the remodeled Cleveland Cavaliers is unknown, with an update expected after practice on Monday.
“Russ was in there this morning working a little bit, trying to move around, getting some treatment,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Both those guys will continue to do that.”
Both suffered their injuries against the Warriors last Tuesday. Anthony rolling his right ankle six minutes into the game by stepping on Stephen Curry’s foot. Westbrook sprained his left in the second half though he remained in the game.
Against the Lakers, the Thunder struggled to score consistently, managing just 81 points in a blowout loss, but improved against the Grizzlies scoring 110 while tying an OKC-era record for made 3-points (16). Paul George led the way with 33 points and eight assists, with Alex Abrines adding 16.