Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha, who had his streak of 127 consecutive starts snapped Friday night because of a sprained left knee, remains questionable for today's noon start against Miami inside Oklahoma City Arena.
“We'll see how he feels (Sunday),” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said after Sefolosha sat out of Saturday's light practice session.
If Sefolosha is unable to play, James Harden will get his fourth start of the season.
As for the Heat, guard Dwyane Wade (right wrist) and forward Chris Bosh (left ankle) are listed as day-to-day and considered doubtful for today's game. Both made the team trip to Oklahoma City on Saturday.
TIME TO COOK
Former Heat player Daequan Cook is coming off his most significant performance with the Thunder with nine points (3 for 7 from 3-point range), five rebounds, one steal and a key assist in the second overtime while playing 23 minutes against Washington on Friday night.
Asked if he considered starting Cook against his former team if Sefolosha is out, Brooks said, “Daequan will definitely play, but James will start in place of Thabo. I thought Daequan played good minutes (Friday) night. He made some shots for us and defended pretty good when we needed some defense at the end of the game. I thought he did a good job.”
WHO'S IN CHARGE?
When it comes to taking charges, Thunder backup forward Nick Collison is one of the premier players in the league.
What if there is a potential charge to be taken from LeBron James, who is listed at 6-foot-8 and (modestly at) 250 pounds? If there is a guy to be scared of when it comes to taking a charge, isn't James that guy?
“If there is one, yeah, but there isn't one,” Collison said with a smile. “If it's the right play, I'll do it. Yeah, he's a big guy and comes in with a lot of force, for sure. But if I'm there, I'll take it.”
If Wade and Bosh are out, James might take a turn at all five positions throughout the game.
“I've never looked at it like he was playing five positions but, yes,” Brooks said. “We're going to have to have five guys guarding him at times. He's an incredible scorer. He's an incredible passer. He's a defender. He's a complete player. He's one of the best in the league and he's going to end up as one of the best ever.”
Collison said one of the keys to containing James is forcing him to take jumps shots rather than allowing him to penetrate or get transition points.
“He's going to get his points. He's going to take a lot of shots,” Collison said. “What you try to do is show him a tight paint(ed area), with guys behind him.”
“I like day games. I don't like waiting around all day for the game. It is a different process, but we practice every day at 11 a.m., so our bodies are used to working in the morning.” — Collison on adjusting to today's noon start.