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Thunder notebook: Nick Collison concerned about ankle; Kevin Durant plagued by foul trouble

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: October 15, 2009 at 5:45 am •  Published: October 15, 2009
Collison concerned about ankle?
Sidelined since camp opened more than two weeks ago by a severely sprained ankle, veteran forward Nick Collison was asked if he’s concerned with the season opener less than two weeks away.

"I haven’t even practiced, yet, so I’m definitely going to be behind,” Collison said. "Yeah, I’m concerned. I’ll be fine eventually. You never want to be behind. But you also want to be 100 percent. I’m doing pretty good with the pain. It’s the explosiveness is what I don’t have.”

Collison hopes to play in the Thunder’s next preseason game, Monday night in Houston, but said he will play only if he’s assured his ankle has healed.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points but was plagued by foul trouble. Durant was whistled for four fouls the first half and drew his fifth with 6:35 left in the third quarter. He joked that he needed to play late in the game just to get in his full allotment of minutes.

"I’ve never been in that position, getting five fouls that early,” Durant said. "I was guarding guys coming off a lot of screens and running around a lot. It was a challenge but something that will make me better.”

Rookie guard James Harden, the No. 3 overall pick, was told before the game he would not play against the Heat.

"It’s just part of the rotation,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "I wanted to get a look at Shaun (Livingston) and Kyle (Weaver).


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