Veteran Joe Smith has been one of the Thunder’s most consistent players, averaging 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19 minutes a game. Smith wasn’t injured but didn’t play against the Clippers.
"It was a decision that just happened during the game,” said coach Scott Brooks. "It’s tough to balance all of our bigs. With Jeff (Green) at (power forward), and you’ve got (Chris) Wilcox, (Nick) Collison, (Johan) Petro and Smith, it’s tough to play five guys at two positions for 96 minutes. "Joe’s a pro. He will be ready. It was just a decision based on Weezy coming out and giving us a good spark. Nick was giving us good energy. It was just a game-time decision.”
Wilcox returnsWilcox suffered a dislocated ring finger on his left hand last week. The original diagnosis was Wilcox would be sidelined 10 days to two weeks, but he missed only two games. Playing with two fingers taped together, Wilcox scored 13 points in 17 minutes. "This is a rough stretch for us,” Wilcox said. "I want to be out there and help my teammates through the struggles. I told the trainer whatever it takes for me to get out there then make it happen.”
Draft rewindThe Thunder selected Russell Westbrook No.