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Thunder notebook: Desmond Mason sidelined

Oklahoman Modified: November 18, 2008 at 5:43 am •  Published: November 18, 2008

Mason sidelined

Forward Desmond Mason will be sidelined at least 10 days. An MRI revealed Mason suffered a sprained right elbow. Saturday, his arm hit the backboard while attempting to block a shot at Philadelphia. But the injury actually occurred a week earlier against Minnesota, when Mason’s arm hit the rim attempting another block.

"The doctor told me when it gets to a point it doesn’t hurt anymore I can get back and play,” Mason said. "It’s tough. I don’t like to sit out, even practices. It’s frustrating but I’d rather do this than hurt it worse and be out six weeks.”

Mason is averaging 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 10 games.


Houston star Tracy McGrady left the game in the second quarter after tweaking a gimpy knee. He did not return. On a team full of All-Stars, it was Luis Scola, not Yao Ming, Ron Artest or McGrady, who burned the Thunder. Scola scored 23 points, 21 the first three quarters.

"They were trying to protect Yao, and Luis was the guy that was open,” said Houston coach Rick Adelman. "He made some big shots for us.”


Thunder forward Chris Wilcox, sidelined by a sprained knee, suited out for the first time in a week. Coach P.J. Carlesimo considered playing him but decided to wait until Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Wilcox averaged 13.4 points and 7.0 rebounds last season in Seattle, but his stats have been about half that in Oklahoma City.

"He’s not been bad by any stretch, but I don’t think fans have seen a sustained and consistent Chris Wilcox, yet,” Carlesimo said.

Monday’s Games

Houston 100, Oklahoma City 89

Phoenix at Utah

San Antonio at L.A. Clippers

Today’s Games

Toronto at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Atlanta at Indiana, 6 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 6 p.m.

Dallas at Charlotte, 6 p.m.

New York at Boston, 6:30 p.m.

Cleveland at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Memphis, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Denver, 8 p.m.

Chicago at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Portland at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday’s Results

Toronto 107, Miami 96

Orlando 90, Charlotte 85

Dallas 124, New York 114, OT

Phoenix 104, Detroit 86

Denver 90, Minnesota 84

San Antonio 90, Sacramento 88


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