Thunder forward Jeff Green remains day-to-day with a sprained left ankle and his status for Wednesday night's game against Philadelphia is uncertain. Green sat out Sunday night's 92-83 loss to Boston. It was his first missed start since March 8, 2009.
Green observed Monday's practice while walking on a treadmill equipped with a bubble apparatus set at 50 percent of his body weight.
"It felt good," Green said. "You don't want to rush things like this. It might linger later on in the season, especially with an ankle. You want to make sure you come back at full strength. It's just sore. It's nothing big. Like any other ankle sprain, you ice it down, get treatment."
Asked if it would be his decision or the team doctor's decision as to when he would return, Green said, "Both. We have to be on the same page. We don't want him to disagree with my opinion."
Has there ever been a time when Green wanted to play and he was told he couldn't?
"Yeah, yesterday (Sunday)," Green said, smiling.
PREPPING FOR PHILLY
The Thunder's lineup is vastly different with Serge Ibaka as a starter rather than Green. The 6-foot-9 Green can defend multiple positions while the 6-foot-10 Ibaka is best used as a power forward near the basket.
With Green's status unknown, how does the Thunder prepare for the Sixers?
"We're good when we have them both, and we're not as good without Jeff," coach Scott Brooks said. "We have to find ways for Serge to be effective. I thought the shots he took (Sunday) night were very good. He will make most of those shots he took, but Jeff does a lot of things for us with spreading the floor, he can shoot 3s, he can drive and now his post-up game has improved. We hope to have them both. If not, we have to find ways to help our rotation out."
After a season-opening victory against Chicago, the Thunder has convincingly lost two straight home games to Utah and Boston.
"(Thunder fans) tried to will us to victory (Sunday)," Brooks said. "When we had nothing going for us, they didn't give up and they sparked us. We cut the lead to six (73-67) and it was as loud as a crowd could get. Ours fans are good and we have to do a better job of playing at home. There's no doubt. We dug ourselves deep in a hole our second and third home games. We definitely have to play much better at home."
After missing training camp and playing just one preseason game, Nenad Krstic played 41 minutes against Boston, his most since Nov. 12, 2006.
"I didn't play that many minutes in I don't know how long," Krstic said Monday. "But felt good. Conditioning, I'm fine. Sometimes I get tired but the game is coming (back to me). My legs are not there 100 percent, but it's getting there."