OKC Thunder notebook: Minutes no longer limited for Thabo Sefolosha

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 27, 2012
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No longer will playing minutes be restricted for Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha.

The OKC medical staff told coach Scott Brooks he could lift Sefolosha's 20-minute maximum prior to Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.

“He's feeling good, we just have to keep him going,” Brooks said. “He's a big part of what we do. I think he's been great since he's been back and it's really a credit to our (medical) staff for allowing him to continue to stay in great shape without running. I don't know how they do it, but they do it. He came in that first game back (March 15) and acted like he's never missed too many games.”

DURANT ON KIMMEL

Two-time scoring champ Kevin Durant will make an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night. The show tapes at 6:30 p.m. and airs at 11 p.m. on KOCO-5 (ABC).

This will be Durant's first stop on the major talk-show circuit.

“It's new for me,” Durant said. “It should be fun. I'm excited.”

Asked if he was nervous about his talk-show debut, Durant smiled and said, “Nah, we're just talkin'.”

WHAT'S COOKIN'?

Thunder reserve guard Daequan Cook shot baskets for the first time since injuring his right knee at Utah on March 20.

Cook shot some 3-pointers while wearing a cumbersome knee brace.

Brooks went with his usual comment on injured players and said Cook was “day-to-day,” before admitting Cook wasn't nearly that close to returning. Brooks joked he was more like “two days-to-two days.”

Cook is likely 7-10 days away from returning.

FAMILY AFFAIR

Duke rookie Nolan Smith earned his first pro start Tuesday night. He is the son of the late Derek Smith, a former NBA player who died of an apparent massive heart attack in 1996 at age 34.

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