Thunder rookie Perry Jones III did not play in Wednesday's summer league game in Orlando and will miss Thursday's and Friday's games as well after spraining his left ankle Tuesday.
Jones sat with the team on the bench during its game against Detroit on Wednesday, but he still walked with a considerable limp a day after sustaining the injury. Jones iced his ankle after the game as standard treatment and is expected to be healed in a few days.
In two games in Orlando, Jones averaged 12 points, six rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in 29 minutes per game.
THABEET COULD PLAY THURSDAY
After signing his contract Wednesday, center Hasheem Thabeet could join the Thunder for the final two summer league games in Orlando.
Thabeet has been with the team since Monday but has watched games from near the bench in street clothes. Thabeet has, however, been working out individually with the coaching staff each morning.
The Thunder must decide whether two summer league games will help Thabeet develop more than continuing to work out with the coaches. Thabeet hasn't practiced with the summer league roster, and there is concern that throwing him into a summer league environment this late could be unproductive.
THUNDER GETS FIRST WIN IN ORLANDO
Oklahoma City defeated Detroit, 83-62, on Wednesday to notch its first win of the week in the summer league.
Three players scored 15 points, and two others finished in double-figure scoring to help the Thunder record its best performance of the week.
The Thunder forced the Pistons into 23 turnovers, scoring 24 points off of those, and held Detroit to 33.9 percent shooting.
“The guys are starting to understand their defensive roles, and just the intensity throughout the whole game was pretty good,” said Thunder summer league coach Mark Bryant. “Intensity and getting comfortable with our defense and aggressiveness; when you get comfortable, you get more aggressive knowing what you're doing. So hopefully (Thursday) we have the same type of effort.”
JACKSON SHINES AGAIN
Second-year guard Reggie Jackson stole the show Wednesday with his second straight masterful performance running the Thunder's offense.
Jackson had 15 points with seven rebounds and five assists. He had just two turnovers, both coming in the second half. Jackson made 6 of 11 shots and again looked comfortable and confident running the pick-and-roll.
“I thought Reggie played pretty good today,” Bryant said. “I thought he was under control, and that really helped out our team. He was finding people, so that really helped out our team.”
ALDRICH SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
After struggling in the first two days, center Cole Aldrich assembled a more encouraging performance Wednesday.
The third-year center scored 10 points, had a team-high seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 28 minutes.
Aldrich got off to a slow start at both ends against Pistons lottery pick Andre Drummond, but Aldrich got better as the game went along and finished with a performance that he should be able to build on.
“Cole just has to keep playing hard,” Bryant said. “That's all we want him to do is just keep playing hard. Don't worry about scoring. He's supposed to protect the rim, rebound and be physical. Those are the only things you have to worry about, and I thought he really embraced that and played well today.”