The Thunder might be missing two starters for Friday's 8 p.m. contest at Phoenix.
The MRI on the right foot of starting center Nenad Krstic came back negative Thursday, but his playing status remains day-to-day. Krstic suffered the injury in the third quarter against New Orleans on Wednesday night and did not return.
Starting guard Thabo Sefolosha, who has missed the last three starts with a sprained left knee, also remains day-to-day.
The Thunder did not practice Thursday and flew to Phoenix in the afternoon.
MULLENS TO TULSA
One day after rookie center Cole Aldrich was called up from the Tulsa 66ers for the second time, second-year center Byron Mullens was sent to the NBA Development League team for a second session.
Mullens will be in uniform Friday night when the 66ers play the Utah Flash at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The Thunder tonight faces Phoenix point guard Steve Nash, who failed to be named to his sixth All-Star Game.
Despite statistics eerily similar to his MVP seasons of 2004-05 and 2005-06, and even though he has his highest scoring average in five seasons, Nash predicted his chances of being chosen as a reserve Thursday were “not good.”
“If there's any year that he should make the All-Star team, it should be this year,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry told The Arizona Republic. “What he's done for our team. He's played great … We just don't have the record (24-25) that would merit everyone going, ‘He's got to be on there,' but he's had a great year individually.
“I would hope that coaches in the West would realize that, without him, I don't know where the heck we'd be.”
LEBRON ON DURANT
Miami's LeBron James, a leading candidate for MVP this season, said the following of Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant:
“Since he was born, he knew how to put the ball in the basket, but I think his leadership has continued to jump. He wasn't very vocal early in his career, but now he's very vocal, he understands this is his team and the team is going to follow him. That's usually the last stage when you become a superstar, and he's done that.”
TULSA 66ERS CHOSEN
Tulsa 66ers guard Zabian Dowdell, forward Larry Owens, coach Nate Tibbetts, assistant Dale Osbourne and athletic trainer Tony Katzenmeier have been chosen for the fifth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 19 in Los Angeles as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. The game will air live on NBA TV at 4 p.m.
Dowdell and Owens were the D-League's first two NBA call-ups this season. Dowdell was signed by the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 9. Owens, who played at Oral Roberts, signed a second 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs last week.
The Tulsa coaches were chosen because the 66ers have a league-best 22-7 record in the West.