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Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander enters protocol

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Dec 31, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes up for a basket in front of New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) during the second half at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes up for a basket in front of New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) during the second half at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder put guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the league’s health and safety protocol on Saturday.

Rookie guard Josh Giddey, who entered the protocol on Tuesday, was removed from it on Saturday.

Gilgeous-Alexander, 23, leads the team with 22.7 points per game to go with averages of 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 31 games. He played 35 minutes Friday night in the Thunder’s 95-80 win over the New York Knicks, scoring a team-high 23 points and adding four rebounds and four assists.

Giddey, 19, is averaging 10.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 30 games.

The Thunder have three other players in the COVID-19 protocol — Darius Bazley, Tre Mann and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl — as well as head coach Mark Daigneault.

The Thunder are scheduled to host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

–Field Level Media