OKC Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha out tonight vs. Washington Wizards

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: January 29, 2011 at 8:01 am •  Published: January 28, 2011
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Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha is nursing a sprained knee and will miss tonight's game Washington (13-31) inside Oklahoma City Arena, but center Nenad Krstic will be in the starting lineup despite a sore foot.

"He felt a lot better than he did (Thursday), but no Thabo tonight," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said after this morning's shoot-around. "Nenad's fine. His foot was sore (Thursday), but he felt good today. It's still a little sore, but he'll definitely play tonight."

James Harden will start in place of Sefolosha and Daequan Cook will move up one spot at the position.

The Wizards have yet to win a road game this season (0-21) and the Thunder has a nationally televised home game at noon Sunday against Miami.

Asked if there's a chance his team could look past tonight's game, Brooks said, "I hope not, because once you do that, the game is basically in the other team's hands. You have no shot at winning. This league is too good."

Forward Kevin Durant, who was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in next month's All-Star Game, said the Thunder can't afford to look ahead.

"That's one thing we can't do. We're not that good, to overlook anybody," Durant said. "They've been playing well."

Washington's last two victories have come against Boston and Utah. "I'm not real concerned on their road record," Brooks said. "I just know they have a talented group of guys who are young and they're going to continue to get better."

Sefolosha's status remains day-to-day. "I should be good to go," Sefolosha said of playing against the Heat.