Oklahoma City Yell guard Hamidou Diallo (6) shoots in entrance of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Alex Caruso (4) true thru the fist half of of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City guard Hamidou Diallo will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a hyperextension sprain in his perfect elbow, a tricky setback for the 2d-year player after he had accurate returned from a knee danger.
But as soon as Diallo is wholesome again, the Yell notion to establish him perfect succor into the rotation.
“I surely feel imperfect for him accurate as I assemble for Andre (Roberson) or any of these guys,” coach Billy Donovan acknowledged. “… I contemplate for Hami, going thru what he went thru last year, within the rotation, out of the rotation, down within the G League, succor with us and then coming into into and having the summer he had, having the practicing camp he had, and then the early allotment of the season enjoying bask in he had been enjoying, yeah, I contemplate your heart goes out to somebody that’s put that extra or less work in and has made that extra or less soar.
“I continuously affirm I contemplate most ceaselessly gamers accomplish the best soar from their first year to their 2d year and he clearly has made a surely actual soar. You feel imperfect for him, but when he does device succor there’s aloof going to be a form of games left to play and a actual, actual portion of the season left. We’ve accurate purchased to make obvious mentally and physically he’s in a actual region where we are in a position to attend him continue to bear.”
The Yell announced Diallo’s living sooner than Monday night’s avenue game in opposition to the Warriors at Jog Middle, asserting he would be re-evaluated after that timeframe.
In Friday’s 130-127 dwelling loss to the Lakers, Diallo left within the fourth quarter after taking contact from LeBron James on a driving lay-in early within the length.
Diallo used to be called for a wretched on the play. Donovan challenged the play because James prolonged his elbow on the pressure, causing Diallo to drop succor. The choice and the basket each stood, and James made the free throw.
On Friday, Diallo had accurate returned from a three-game absence for a sprained left knee. He has performed in 12 games with one originate, averaging 8.8 factors, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 21.4 minutes.
“I contemplate for him, being out for a couple games and then coming succor and enjoying bask in he did, I contemplate for any younger player, the misfortune continuously for these guys is: ‘Where am I going to slot in? How am I going to slot in after I accumulate succor? Am I within the succor of the 8-ball, am I the last guy?’” Donovan acknowledged. “And that’s no longer the case I contemplate for our team. We need Hami and I urged him that when he comes succor we’re going to establish him perfect succor into the rotation and test up on to accumulate him succor to where he had been enjoying sooner than the probability. He’s obviously purchased a runt bit bit of a gap for himself to accumulate himself wholesome but I aloof surely feel once he can accumulate succor he cans aloof play a truly noteworthy role to our team.”