Kevin Durant missed his second straight game with a sprained left knee, sitting out of Friday night's 111-99 loss to Toronto inside the Air Canada Centre.
The Thunder is now 3-1 without Durant and 8-3 with a makeshift starting lineup.
Coach Scott Brooks said Durant's statusÂ remains day-to-day sinceÂ he suffered the injury in the fourth quarter against New Orleans last Monday. â€œIt's improved a lot, every day,â€ Brooks said.
The Thunder's next game is Sunday at home against GoldenÂ State. â€œKevin will get treatment (Saturday) and we'll re-address it on Sunday,â€ Brooks said.
Former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo is now an assistant with the Raptors. Though he and Brooks have frequently chatted since Carlesimo was fired as Thunder coach on Nov. 22, 2008, Thursday night at dinner was the first time they had visited face-to-face.
â€œHe has a great family. He's a good man,â€ Brooks said of Carlesimo. â€œI'm happy he's back coaching, because that's what he is. He belongs on an NBA bench.â€
Asked what he learned most from Carlesimo as an assistant, Brooks said, â€œHis great taste of food.â€
Thursday's cuisine? Italian, of course.
NO SLAM DUNK
Toronto second-year guard DeMar DeRozan grew up in Compton, Calif., and played high school ball against Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who was from nearby Lawndale.
â€œI swear, (in) 12th grade, he couldn't dunk â€¦ he was barely dunking,â€ DeRozan said. â€œHe wasn't doing nothin' he's doing now. I don't know what's gotten into him. Tell him I said that, too.â€
It's the truth. Westbrook admitted he couldn't dunk until the end of his senior season in high school and got to where he is now with hard work and weight training.
DeRozan called Westbrook â€œthe most childish, goofy dude you've ever seen. I can't explain it (Westbrook's astounding improvement). It's crazy. He's one of the top three exciting point guards to watch.â€
Toronto coach Jay Triano said the key to containing Westbrook is to mix it up with various defenses.
â€œYou try to show him different things,â€ Triano said. â€œDon't give one look continuously over the game â€” it could be personnel-based, it could be theme-based. He's got great instincts, a great nose for the basketball, a great ability to get to the rim.â€
Westbrook had 20 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He had seven assists, but also five turnovers.
Prior to Sunday's game against Golden State, the Thunder will host a toy drive to benefit the Salvation Army. Participants will be entered into a raffle and receive a coupon for complimentary boneless Buffalo wings from Hooters. Raffle prizes include an autographed team basketball, jersey and pennant. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy. Donation stations will be set up outside Oklahoma City Arena from 4-6 p.m. Hooters will donate $10,000 toward toys for the drive.
Backup forward D.J. White sprained his right ankle with 7:50 left in the second quarter, left the court and remained in the locker room the remainder of the game. He will be re-evaluated today. â€¦ Despite the loss, Thabo Sefolosha had a career high in steals with six and Jeff Green had a career high in assists with seven. â€¦ Thunder shooting guard Morris Peterson, who played for Toronto his first seven seasons (2000-07), made his first appearance since Nov. 19 at Boston. He played nine minutes, finishing with two points and three rebounds. â€¦ Toronto (.318) came in as one of only two teams shooting 3-pointers worse than OKC (.320). Sacramento ranked last (.301). However, the Raptors extended their NBA record to 961 consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer.
â€œHe's a handful. He's an exceptional rebounder, good in transition, can pass the ball, pick and roll, (and has) a jump shot now.â€ â€” Carlesimo on Westbrook