Thunder notebook: Nick Collison, Shaun Livingston practice

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: December 1, 2009 at 4:40 am •  Published: December 1, 2009
Nick Collison, who has missed four games with a sprained knee, and Shaun Livingston, sidelined the past two weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery, both practiced Monday.

Collison should play against Philadelphia on Wednesday at the Ford Center. Livingston remains day-to-day.

"Nick didn’t go full bore, but he went through the entire practice,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Center Nenad Krstic (Achilles soreness) did not practice but hopes to play Wednesday night, at worst Friday night against the Celtics, also in the Ford Center.

Backup point guard Kevin Ollie underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning. Ollie’s goal is to return by Christmas.

Kyle Weaver underwent successful surgery for a separated left shoulder he suffered last week in practice. Weaver will be sidelined for a minimum of four months.

Playing nine games in 15 days, seven on the road, Brooks said it was natural to "lose a little bit and you have to brush things up on the fly.” The Thunder practiced only twice during a two-week grind. That changes during a five-game, two-week homestand.

"That’s part of the NBA. Every team goes through it,” Brooks said. "You have to pick and choose your spots and put things in priority what you need to work on.

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