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Thunder notebook: Nick Collison could return tonight against Philadelphia

By Mike Baldwin and Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writers Published: December 2, 2009
Nick Collison practiced Monday and Tuesday and is optimistic he will play tonight against Philadelphia after missing the past four games with a sprained knee.

"As long as I don’t get any swelling or pain through the night or shootaround I’m going to try and go,” Collison said. "It’s still day-to-day. As of now I feel good about it.

"That being said, it’s something I’ve been dealing with. The swelling could come back and it might be best to take another day (off). But I feel pretty good.”

Livingston returning early?
Shaun Livingston underwent arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. Original estimates were Livingston would be sidelined three to four weeks, but he might return tonight.

"We’ll see how he feels,” said coach Scott Brooks. "He looked very good (in practice). He was active. Nothing was holding him back.”

Asked if Livingston would immediately join the rotation, Brooks said: "It depends. He gives us another playmaker. One of his strengths is passing the ball. He hasn’t had a lot of minutes early on. Unfortunately he had that minor setback.