Forward Jeff Green, who reinjured his left ankle Friday at Indiana, did not practice Saturday and is questionable for tonight's game at Houston. Green has missed seven games because of the ankle sprain this season and spent Saturday's practice rehabbing the injury.
â€œHe was feeling pretty good (Saturday),â€ said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. â€œIt's day-to-day. We'll see how he feels (Sunday) and then make the decision.â€
Meanwhile, center Nenad Krstic said he hopes to be able to play after missing Friday's game because of back spasms. Krstic didn't partake in the team's full-contact portion of practice Saturday, but he did do some shooting drills.
If Krstic and Green can't play, their likely replacements would be Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison, respectively.
BROOKS CALLS WESTBROOK CAREER NIGHT A SMART GAME
A day after watching Russell Westbrook post a career-high 43 points against Indiana, Brooks praised his starting point guard not for his scoring acumen but for the smart way in which his record night came about.
â€œHe's played well for us, and he's going to continue to play well and get better,â€ Brooks said. â€œI thought he had a very smart game going. Kevin (Durant) and our guys were not making shots early and we felt that he had a good matchup. I like the fact that he wasn't settling for jump shots. He took the game inside and got to the basket and made plays at the basket. And that opened up his midrange game.â€
MULLENS, WHITE VALUABLE IN LIMITED MINUTES
Reserve center Byron Mullens made the most of his five minutes Friday against the Pacers, when he checked in early in the third quarter and provided some effective defense on Indiana center Roy Hibbert. Before Mullens checked in, the Thunder had no answer for Hibbert.
Forward D.J. White also contributed 12 solid minutes, scoring two points and blocking two shots while pulling down four rebounds.
â€œIt's good to see guys who work extremely hard do well when they're called upon,â€ Brooks said. â€œThat's one of the tough jobs that I have. There's only so many minutes on the floor for guys to play and we've got 15 capable players. But I give them credit that when they were called on, they performed well.â€