Share “Injuries deplete Thunder”

By Mike Baldwin Modified: October 23, 2008 at 10:00 am •  Published: October 23, 2008
Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo is uncertain who will be available for the last two preseason games tonight at Phoenix and Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kevin Durant, who suffered a sprained ankle in Tuesday’s practice, did not participate in contact drills on Wednesday’ and is questionable. Whether Durant plays in either game will be a game-time decision.

Power forward Chris Wilcox (hamstring) did not practice and is listed as doubtful for both games. Forward Joe Smith, wearing a mask, practiced for the first time since he suffered a broken nose a week ago but said he probably won’t play in either game.

Nick Collison (ankle) practiced with no setbacks. Mo Sene (offseason knee surgery) went through the entire practice. Robert Swift (hand) participated in part of practice. Kyle Weaver (hamstring) practiced, but Carlesimo said the rookie guard probably isn’t ready to play in a game.

"Some of those guys, hopefully, will be able to play,” Carlesimo said. "We might need to look at Robert or Mo for limited minutes. I want to play the (healthy) guys, but I don’t want to kill them in back-to-back (games) and play them 35 minutes both nights. It depends on how many guys we have.”