Thunder's Russell Westbrook loses dunk contest voting

By Mike Baldwin, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: January 18, 2009 at 5:46 pm •  Published: January 18, 2009
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The Oregonian has announced that Rudy Fernandez received more on-line votes than the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook or Milwaukee’s Joe Alexander to earn the rookie spot in the All-Star Game slam dunk contest Feb. 14 in Phoenix.

Fernandez’s dunk over Dwight Howard in the Olympics could have been a key factor. Sergio Rodriguez, Fernandez’s good friend, has declined to join him for the All-Star Game. Brandon Roy, expected to be named a Western Conference All-Star reserve, will assist Fernandez during the competition.

“It is what is,” Westbrook said. “You want to win but it’s out of your control.”

In other Thunder news, Nick Collison will return to the starting lineup for tonight's game against Miami, which will be the ninth sellout of the season.

Collison missed Friday's game with the stomach flu. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Nenad Krstic, who once again will come off the bench. Forward Joe Smith missed his fourth consecutive game with a cyst on his knee.



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