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Thunder notebook: Kyle Weaver sidelined with shoulder injury

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer Published: November 26, 2009

Add Kyle Weaver to the Thunder’s list of bruised and battered players.

The second-year shooting guard left Wednesday’s practice after suffering a shoulder injury. He was taken to see a team doctor, but the results of tests were unknown Wednesday.

With Shaun Livingston and Kevin Ollie both battling knee ailments, Weaver was thrust into emergency point guard duty in Tuesday’s 104-94 win at Utah. But if Weaver misses an extended amount of time, the Thunder could be without a backup point guard to starter Russell Westbrook.

Weaver’s status is expected to become clear today, but he doesn’t figure to play in Friday’s game against Milwaukee. Thunder coach Scott Brooks, however, said Kevin Durant, James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha are capable of filling in behind Westbrook in limited minutes.

"It’s going to definitely be point (guard) by committee,” said Brooks. "We just have to figure it out as the game goes along.

"Russell could have a lot of minutes. But we’ve got guys that will always step up. They’re all wired for that. They’re all wired to perform big in tough situations.”

Bowen waived, acquisition possible
Forward Ryan Bowen became a casualty of the injury bug that has hit the Thunder, and the veteran forward was waived Wednesday. The move frees up the 15th and final roster spot in the event the Thunder seeks to acquire a player who can provide relief at point guard.

Bowen, who beat out Mike Harris, Michael Ruffin and Tre Kelley for the team’s final spot in training camp, played in just one game and scored four points with two rebounds.


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