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Thunder notebook: Jeff Green, Nick Collison return

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: November 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm •  Published: November 14, 2010

Thunder forward Jeff Green returned to the starting lineup after a three-game absence due to a sprained left ankle.

He finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in 25.5 minutes during the Thunder's 117-104 loss to San Antonio inside Oklahoma City Arena.

“Jeff gave us some good minutes when he was in there,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.

Backup power forward Nick Collison entered the game to a standing ovation with 4:09 left in the first quarter. It was his first action of the season due to a lower left leg stress reaction.

“I wasn't expecting that,” Collison said of the ovation. “Our fans are great. Felt good to be out there. I've got a ways to go, till I feel real comfortable. That's just the way it is. I'm not going to get training camp. I'm not going to get practice.”

Collison played 11:04 and finished with three rebounds, two points, one steal and also took one charge, which was the Thunder's team total in the first eight games without him.

“I thought Nick was good,” Brooks said. “That's no easy thing to do after missing eight weeks of basketball.”

Both players will be re-evaluated before tonight's game at Utah, and their playing status will be a game-time decision.


San Antonio backup forward Matt Bonner went 0 for 3 from two-point range but was 7 for 7 from 3-point range – none of which hit any part of the rim – to finish with 21 points.

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