After a rough fall in Saturday's win against Milwaukee, Kevin Durant missed practice the past couple of days, nursing his sore left wrist.
Durant did some light shooting, according to coach Scott Brooks, but his status for Tuesday's game at Memphis remains up in the air.
“We'll see tomorrow,” Brooks said Monday.
Any injury news these days has Thunder fans concerned, but forward Nick Collison didn't seem too worried about Durant's long-term health.
“He'll be fine,” Collison said. “The NBA season is long, and we manage guys.”
SAM PRESTI ON WESTBROOK
Thunder general manager Sam Presti joined the Sports Animal on Monday afternoon, talking about a variety of topics regarding his franchise.
Naturally, he was asked about injured All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook and the Thunder's recent struggles without him. And naturally, Presti maintained a positive outlook.
“Rather than be frustrated about it, the approach we have taken is we are grateful that we have a player like that,” Presti told the station. “We think a lot more about what we do have and where we're going than the fact that we don't have him right now. And that gets us through this period.”
SAM PRESTI ON THE BENCH
Additionally, Presti seemed think this additional time would help various players, giving them added opportunity to grow.
“(We need to) use it productively so that we're a better team, a more fully formed team, when he returns than the one he last played on, on Christmas Day,” Presti told the Sports Animal.
But he also is well-aware of the struggles that have manifested in Westbrook's absence, particularly in OKC's once-productive but now scuffling bench.
“Earlier this season, the bench was our greatest strength … That group of players had come together and really optimized themselves,” Presti said. “Now, with the injury, obviously there has to be some adjustments. And that affects everybody. It doesn't just affect Reggie (Jackson), it doesn't just affect Jeremy (Lamb), it affects the starters, the bench and on down the line. We have to find ourselves there, but to think there would be a seamless transition would be a bit fairy-tale like.”
Presti on the trade deadline: “We're going to do our due diligence, but we feel good about where we are.”
STAT OF THE DAY
The Thunder is 7-5 this season without Westbrook. That .583 winning percentage is higher than all but two Eastern Conference teams — the Pacers and Heat.