Rockets guard Kevin Martin, who had 92 points in his three previous games, missed Monday's contest at Boston after spraining his right wrist in a fall against Utah on Saturday. X-rays were negative and he was considered questionable for Wednesday night's home game against the Thunder.
“I sprained it pretty good,” Martin told the Houston Chronicle. “It was hurting pretty good this morning, but I thought it was just because it was the morning. We were going to see how it warmed up through the day. It's just ineffective right now. Without my right wrist, ability is nothing. We have to give it a little bit of time. Nothing serious, though.”
BROOKS ON BROOKS
Thunder coach Scott Brooks played with the Houston Rockets when they won the world championship in the 1993-94 season, and also for 28 games in the 1994-95 season before being traded to Dallas.
The Rockets now have a star point guard in Aaron Brooks, who has missed 24 games this season with an ankle injury.
Aaron Brooks returned to the lineup Monday night and erupted for 24 points (5 for 8 from 3-point range) and five assists in an upset victory at Boston. Brooks played 37 minutes, his longest stint in a game since the season opener against the Lakers in Los Angeles.
“Brooks is really good,” Scott Brooks said of Aaron Brooks. “He's a lot better than the Brooks they had in the '90s. This new and updated version is much better.”
FOR THE RECORD
The Thunder is:
16-2: When outrebounding opponents.
14-2: When it has more assists than opponents.
10-2: When converting 30-plus free throws in a game.
13-3: In games decided by seven points or less.
10-3: When Russell Westbrook has 10-plus assists.
13-5: With Serge Ibaka in the starting lineup.
4-3: On the first night of a back-to-back.
4-3: On the second night of a back-to-back.
3-0: In overtime this season.
11-7: On the road this season.
1-3: In its last four road games.
Note that Wednesday night's Thunder-Rockets game starts at 7:30, not 7, inside the Toyota Center. … The last time the Sonics/Thunder franchise won in Houston was Feb. 22, 2005, which was Kevin Durant's junior year in high school. … The Rockets lead the all-time series 96-94.