Dirty news in the West, a big name already on the floor!

If the regular season will only begin in a few weeks, some franchises are already seeing their plans turned upside down by injuries. A young star will notably be missed by his family for a while… Bad luck for his team, there are now two big players in the infirmary.

We’ve known it for ages, the Thunder has absolutely nothing to play for in this 2022-23 campaign. With a string of draft picks in the years to come, Mark Daigneault’s group is clearly not among the candidates for the playoffs and the idea was rather to advance the most promising players within the roster. Chet Holmgren was one of them, for example, but the sensation at the pivotal position is out of the season after his Lisfranc fracture contracted during the summer.

Luckily for the fans, the nugget of rackets is not the only player capable of shining in the workforce. Author of more than 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 average assists in 2021-22, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can thus claim an All-Star Game selection if he confirms this year. Except that it starts badly for him, according to Shams Charania. The person concerned has indeed injured his knee ligaments and according to a sports medicine specialist, he has been out for almost a month and a half:

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out 4-6 weeks for OKC

Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has a Grade 2 left tibial collateral ligament sprain and will miss the start of training camp, according to his team.

A grade 2 tibial collateral ligament tear is a partial tear of the ligament (grade 1 = microscopic, grade 3 = complete). Tibial collateral ligament injuries very rarely require surgery because they are unique in that they have a large blood supply that allows them to heal. This is usually a 4 to 6 week convalescence.

Clearly, the young shoot could have dealt with an even more severe diagnosis, but this is still bad news for the franchise. Because beyond being OKC’s best player, SGA can also serve as a bargaining chip, his profile having something to interest the competition. If he therefore shows difficulty in returning to the game following this physical glitch, this could affect his rating on the market, which is quite promising.

After Chet Holmgren, it is now Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who finds himself on the floor on the side of the Thunder. Local fans can expect a very long season, although the franchise player is expected to return to action in early November at the latest.

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