Thunder Notebook: Nick Collison continues to shine

Oklahoman Modified: March 20, 2009 at 12:44 am •  Published: March 20, 2009
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Despite playing with two splints, one on his thumb on his left hand and another on the middle finger on his right hand, Nick Collison recorded his 10th double-double of the season Wednesday night, ranking third on the team behind Kevin Durant (13) and Jeff Green (12).

"I was really proud of Nick’s effort,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "He committed to playing winning basketball. He had an excuse to sit that one out. When you have a broken finger — and his thumb still isn’t totally right — to be able to do that, Nick is a winner.”

Collison said Thursday that his broken right middle finger isn’t as troublesome as his broken left thumb was earlier this season.

"The thumb was a real pain. It was hard to grip the ball. But that’s over with,” Collison said. "And this one I barely even feel. It’s just a little chip.”

Thunder outrebounded
Ranked fourth in the league in rebounds, the Thunder consistently has held its own on the glass. But in Wednesday’s loss, Chicago out-rebounded OKC 44-31.

"They made a lot of hustle plays,” said Green. "Tyrus (Thomas), John (Salmons) and (Joakim Noah) were quick to the ball.


Jazz at Thunder
When: 7 tonight

Where: Ford Center

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37)

Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM, Sirius 161

Live blog: http://www.newsok.com/sports/thunder

Three things to know
→Utah is currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference, one game ahead of Dallas.

→The Thunder is 3-8 against Northwest Divisional opponents.

→The Jazz leads the league in assists at 24.8 points per game.

Projected starters

Thunder (19-49)
Pos. Player Ht. Pts. Reb. Ast
G Russell Westbrook 6-3 15.8 4.8 5.0
G Thabo Sefolosha 6-7 11.1 5.8 2.0
F Kevin Durant 6-9 25.9 6.5 2.8
F Jeff Green 6-9 17.2 7.0 2.0
C Nenad Krstic 7-0 9.7 5.7 0.7
Jazz (42-26)
G Deron Williams 6-3 18.7 2.9 10.5
G C.J. Miles 6-6 9.4 2.5 1.6
F Andrei Kirilenko 6-9 12.0 5.1 2.8
F Carlos Boozer 6-9 16.7 11.0 2.3
C Mehmet Okur 6-11 17.6 7.9 1.7

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