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.
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.”
The Thunder collected four technical fouls Wednesday.
Kendrick Perkins and Westbrook each moved one step closer to one-game suspensions, picking up their 11th and 10th technicals of the season, respectively.
Players serve a one-game suspension when they reach 13, and for every other technical thereafter.
James Harden got his second technical of the season, and Thabo Sefolosha got on the scoreboard with his first.
OKC entered the game eighth in the league in technical fouls with 46 (which includes defensive three-second violations).
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro also was called for a technical.
After the game, five different Clippers players went to midcourt to exchange pleasantries with Fisher. … Blake Griffin turned 23 last Friday. … With 8:39 left in the third quarter, Sefolosha hit his fifth straight 3-pointer over the last three games before missing a wide-open look roughly 95 seconds later. … The Thunder rediscovered its shooting touch at the free-throw line, converting 21 of 22 (.955). OKC also shot 53.8 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. … The Thunder dominated the boards, winning 49-31. … OKC turned 13 Clippers turnovers into 23 points. … Former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles was in attendance.
‘HOME' SWEET ‘HOME'
Once again, former New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul was asked how it felt to return to OKC, which was his temporary home for his first two seasons (2005-07) because of Hurricane Katrina.
“Everybody knows how I feel about this city. Obviously you can see we've been gone for a while now. They don't cheer as much when they say your name. They could care less who I am now, though.”
The Clippers' current back-to-back-to-back road trip has essentially been homecoming week for Paul.
On Tuesday night, he played at Indiana and against former New Orleans teammate David West. On Wednesday was the return to OKC. On Thursday night, the Clippers play in New Orleans.
“It's been an interesting week for me,” Paul admitted. “It'd really suck to lose in all three of the places.”
The Thunder hosts Minnesota at 7 p.m. Friday and Miami at 7 p.m. Sunday in an ESPN game.
BY JOHN ROHDE