OKC Thunder Guard Lu Dort Suffers Concussion During Practice


Monday, October 3rd 2022, 1:35 pm

By: Nate Kotisso


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Another starting Thunder guard will not be in action as the team tips off its preseason schedule Monday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder said Lu Dort suffered a concussion during a Sunday practice and is now in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

The team said Dort will have to complete a series of tasks before he resumes basketball-related activities. No timetable has been set for Dort’s return to the floor.

Sunday was not the first time Dort was diagnosed with a concussion while a member of the Thunder. Two seasons ago, Dort suffered a concussion during a March 27, 2021 game versus the Boston Celtics.

At the time, Dort also went through the NBA’s concussion protocol. Fourteen days after he sustained the head injury, Dort returned to game action in an April 10 game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Related: 3 Thunder Takeaways: Thunder Can’t Sustain Hot Start In Road Loss To Jazz

Dort, who signed a five-year extension with the team this summer, joins another notable OKC guard on the injured list. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is still nursing an MCL injury he suffered a week before the start of training camp.

Related: OKC Thunder Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander To Miss Time With MCL Injury

While Dort and Gilgeous-Alexander could theoretically return to the club before the start of the regular season, the Thunder’s shiny, new lottery pick won’t suit up at all in 2022-23.

Chet Holmgren, the No. 2 overall pick in July’s NBA Draft, suffered a Lisfranc injury on his right foot during a televised pro-am basketball game in Seattle.

The team said Holmgren had “successful” surgery on the foot at the end of August.

Related: OKC Thunder Says Chet Holmgren’s Foot Surgery Was ‘Succesful’

The Thunder will face Northwest Division opponent Denver at 8 p.m. in Denver.

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