Dennis Schroder Leaves Bubble for Birth of Second Child

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder left the Orlando bubble on Monday to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

Schroder was a late-scratch for the Thunder’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Chris Paul had been scheduled for a rest day but had to play due to Schroder’s absence.

Thunder head coach Billy Donovan spoke to reporters about Schroder’s availability going forward after his team lost to Denver 121-113.

“It happened this morning, so he’s with his family at this point in time,” Donovan said, via The Oklahoman.

“I’ll have a chance probably to talk to him and find out a little bit more, if not later today or tomorrow … We’ll probably be able to gather some more information once we get a chance to spend a little more time with him over the phone.”

Schroder told The Oklahoman before leaving that he loves basketball, but “family comes first all the time.”

The Thunder are going to miss Schroder’s presence on both ends of the court.

The three-guard line-up of Schroder, Paul, and Shai Gilgeuous-Alexander is one of the most efficient backcourts in the league.

The Thunder return to action on Wednesday in a match-up against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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