Thunder notebook: Thabo Sefolosha's return remains a mystery

OKC star has missed eight straight starts and last played in the first half of a Jan. 27 game at Golden State. Conditioning has become a concern because Sefolosha has only been able to shoot free throws and set shots.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: February 13, 2012

Thabo Sefolosha was in street clothes during Monday's practice session and his return from a sore right foot remains unknown.

Sefolosha has missed eight straight starts and last played in the first half of a Jan. 27 game at Golden State. Conditioning has become a concern because Sefolosha has only been able to shoot free throws and set shots.

Meanwhile, reserve point guard Eric Mayor was spotted on the court Monday holding a basketball. He was wearing practice gear and socks, but no shoes. Maynor spent the end of practice at the same basket with fellow Thunder guards, where there was plenty of laughter.

Maynor suffered a right knee injury at Houston on Jan. 7 and had season-ending surgery to his ACL on Jan. 18. He is expected to be ready for training camp next season.

IBAKA REFLECTION

The Thunder didn't have much time to reflect on Serge Ibaka's 10 blocked shots last Thursday night at Sacramento because OKC had to immediately depart for a game at Utah the following night, and also because the Thunder lost 106-101.

Upon further reflection: “During the game – like I do often – I was talking to myself and I was saying, ‘I can't believe what I'm seeing,'” Brooks said. “He just kept protecting (the basket) and kept blocking. NBA players have short memories, and their players had short memories. They didn't realize they were getting their shot blocked. They just kept coming at him. You would think sooner or later guys would stop and say: ‘This is not working. We've got to try something different.'

“You look at the 10 blocks, (and) he probably altered seven others that were near-blocks. That's special when you do that. You don't anticipate that's going to happen, but when it does you're amazed. That doesn't happen often, and the way he was doing it … our guys, everybody was excited about it.”

WESTBROOK HONORED

Russell Westbrook beat out Thunder teammate Kevin Durant for Western Conference Player of the Week honors spanning from last Monday through Sunday. It marks the second time this season Westbrook has won the award.

Westbrook helped OKC to a 3-1 week, averaging 30.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals. Westbrook scored 28 or more points in all four games and posted double-double (28 points, 11 rebounds) in a 111-107 road win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Westbrook connected on a career-high 15 field goals in the loss at Sacramento.



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