Thunder notebook: Daequan Cook out 2-3 weeks with injury

Oklahoma City guard suffered mild right MCL sprain during Tuesday night's loss at Utah.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 21, 2012

Cook out 2-3 weeks

Thunder guard Daequan Cook, who started 22 games in place of injured teammate Thabo Sefolosha, will be out 2-3 weeks after suffering a mild right MCL sprain at Utah on Tuesday night.

Cook was not at Chesapeake Energy Arena for Wednesday night's 114-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Lazar Hayward replaced Cook as the backup shooting guard and buried 2 of 3 3-pointers to finish with six points in nine minutes.

FISHER STREAK

Derek Fisher had played in 537 consecutive games before being traded last Thursday from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets. After the Rockets bought out Fisher's remaining contract, OKC signed him as an unrestricted free agent after he cleared waivers at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“The streak will continue,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks vowed an hour before tipoff. “We're excited to have him. He's going to be an important piece to our team.”

True to his word, Brooks sent Fisher in to relieve starting point guard Russell Westbrook with 1:42 left in the first quarter.

Fisher received a thunderous ovation that lasted roughly one minute. He had five points, one assist, one rebound and one blocked shot in 19 minutes.

ONLY A NUMBER

Age is only a number. For Fisher, that number is 37, which is his new jersey with the Thunder.

During pregame interviews, Westbrook playfully was asked if it was OK for a much younger player to make fun of a much older player who was new to the team.

“Definitely,” Westbrook said with a smile before shouting in Fisher's direction, “Hey, nice number.”

‘T' PARTY

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