Thunder notebook: Washington 0-21 on the road

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: January 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm •  Published: January 27, 2011
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NO ROAD WIZARDRY FOR WASHINGTON (0-21)

The Washington Wizards enter today's 7 p.m. contest at Oklahoma City Arena having not yet won a road game (0-21) this season, which could be viewed as good news/bad news for the Thunder. OKC (29-16) faces the pressure of potentially becoming the first team to lose at home against the Wizards (13-31 overall).

“That means nothing,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of the 0-21 mark. “Their record has no bearing on how they'll play. We have to play the way we're capable of playing.”

TWO STARTERS AILING

Thunder starters Thabo Sefolosha (knee) and Nenad Krstic (foot) sat out Thursday's practice and are listed as day-to-day. They will be re-evaluated Friday at the morning shoot-around and during pre-game warmup.

If Sefolosha is unable to play, he will be replaced by James Harden. If Krstic is unavailable, he will be replaced by Serge Ibaka. The Thunder is 13-5 with Ibaka as a starter this season and 2-0 with Harden.

DOWN TO THE WIRE

The last three games have come down to the final shot for the Thunder, which escaped with a 2-1 record – beating New York on Kevin Durant's 25-footer at the buzzer last Saturday, losing with 0.5 seconds left at New Orleans on Monday and surviving two potential game-winning shots at Minnesota on Wednesday in an overtime victory.

“That's how you learn about yourself as a team, about yourself individually, when the game is on the line,” Brooks said. “The last three games have been really nerve-wracking, but exciting. That's what you play for as a player. All those guys on the floor love that moment.”

The Thunder is 4-0 in overtime.

VOTING ‘SKILLS'

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is a candidate for the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend at Staples Center.

For the first time, fans will determine the participants. The five-man field will consist of “Choose Your Squad” spokesman Chris Paul of New Orleans, plus four players determined by fan balloting.



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