Late in the fourth quarter, Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson was struck in the face. He immediately left the game and didn't return.
There was no update on his status postgame, but Jackson looked a little woozy in the locker room.
Sefolosha leaves game with calf strain
Early in the first quarter of the Thunder’s win over Memphis on Friday, Thabo Sefolosha came down awkwardly after a lay-up and began grimacing.
Moments later, Sefolosha was pulled from the game with what the team is calling a left calf strain.
He did not return. The timetable for his return is not yet known.
Sefolosha has missed four games this season – three because of knee issues and one because of the flu.
Joerger on PA system
The last time Memphis coach Dave Joerger was in Oklahoma City, he was visibly frustrated with the volume of the Thunder’s PA system.
On a couple of occasions, Joerger turned toward the scorer’s table and pleaded with them to turn the music down.
“We got on the plane last time and every one of our people were just, like, their ears were ringing,” Joerger explained before Friday’s game. “You don’t get that in other places. The music’s awfully loud. It just is what it is.”
Joerger went on to explain why that can be such an annoyance.
“We're all people,” he said. “We all have a work environment. If I cannot communicate yelling at the top of my lungs from you to me away no matter where it is, it’s too loud, in my opinion. If the crowd is loud, that’s what you love, no matter if it’s home and away. If the crowd is into it, that’s something different. Completely different.”
Thabeet provides good minutes
For only the fifth time since the start of 2014, Hasheem Thabeet got on the court for the Thunder.
But for the first time this season, Thabeet played a crucial role.
In 17 solid minutes against the Grizzlies, Thabeet had two points, four rebounds and a block. He was one of the main reasons Memphis star Zach Randolph had a rough 5-of-14 shooting night.
After the game, Kevin Durant beelined toward Thabeet and acknowledged the needed performance: “Way to play, boy,” he told Thabeet.
Westbrook adds another endorsement
Despite missing a chunk of court time over the past year, Russell Westbrook continues to expand his brand. In mid-February, Subway announced a partnership with the Thunder star. And this past Thursday, Westbrook announced, via Twitter, he is the latest endorser for Zenith watches.
“Honored to be working with Zenith, best watches in the business!” his tweet read.
Stat of the night
Derek Fisher hit multiple 3-pointers in eight of the Thunder’s 11 games in February. Overall in the month, Fisher went 22-of-45 (48 percent) from deep.
The Thunder continues a six-game homestand on Sunday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. Tip is at 6 p.m. Charlotte has won four of its last five, the only loss coming in San Antonio on Friday.