Thunder notebook: Nick Collison sits, Nate Robinson activated

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 29, 2011

Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison missed Tuesday night's 115-114 overtime victory against Golden State due to a sprained left ankle. His status is listed as day-to-day, starting with Wednesday night's game at Phoenix.

Collison, who was receiving ice treatment in the locker room after the contest, suffered the injury in the first half against Portland on Sunday night, but did not leave the game. He also is recovering from a sprained right ankle suffered at Cleveland on March 13.

Thunder reserve guard Nate Robinson was activated Tuesday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery on March 4, but did not play.

VALLEY OF THE SUN

The Thunder plays the Suns Wednesday night at 9, and probably arrived in Phoenix before the Suns did early Wednesday morning. The Suns played at Sacramento in a game that started two hours later than the Thunder-Warriors game.

WORKING OVERTIME

OKC is 8-1 in overtime this season and became only the fifth team in NBA history to win eight or more overtime games in the same season.

The others are Sacramento (9-2 in 1999-2000), Detroit (8-0 in 2001-02), Milwaukee (8-1 in 1976-77) and Philadelphia (8-6 in 1989-90).

CURRY'S FLURRY

Warriors guard Stephen Curry had 35 points (13 for 23 from the field; 5 for 8 from 3-point range; 4 for 4 from the free-throw line), six rebounds and five assists Tuesday.

In three meetings against the Thunder this season, he averaged 32.2 points, 8.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and shot 60.7 percent (37 for 61) from the field, 55.0 percent (11 for 20) from 3-point range and didn't miss a free throw (8 for 8).

THUNDER RECOGNIZED

Fast Company Magazine listed the Thunder at No. 6 on its list of "The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Sports."

“For proving that market size doesn't matter,” the publication stated. “Following a nasty arena dispute between the Seattle SuperSonic owners and city leaders, the franchise relocated in 2008 to Oklahoma City, the NBA's smallest market (1.2 million people) and third smallest TV market. It ranks in the top 15 in overall attendance and is one of the most profitable small-market teams in any sport, worth an estimated $329 million, 18th in the league, according to Forbes. Kevin Durant, the NBA's youngest scoring champ, and a core of young stars has led the fast turnaround, from having the league's second-worst record to contending for the title.”



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