During the Thunder’s practice on Thursday, Reggie Jackson tweaked his back, forcing him to sit out Friday’s game against the Kings.
He is listed as day-to-day.
With Jackson missing the game, Steven Adams is the lone Thunder player to appear in all 72 games this season.
DURANT DONE WITH TECHNICALS?
DeMarcus Cousins, the NBA’s leader in technical fouls, was in Oklahoma City on Friday night.
And his leading competitor for that dubious award was residing on the other bench.
Entering Friday, Cousins had 15 technicals. Thunder star Kevin Durant, who was once tied with Cousins, had his latest tech rescinded, knocking him back to 14.
But Durant doesn’t plan to get another one this season. Although he admits purposely getting them at times this season, he doesn’t want to run risk of a one-game suspension, which the NBA hands out for a player’s 16th technical.
“Sometimes, to be honest, I wanted a tech,” Durant said. “Just to inspire my team or, I don’t know, to psyche myself out and maybe make myself feel stronger and better than what I was doing.
“But I just can’t do that anymore. I gotta be stronger and better with how I approach the refs and how I approach the other team. I guess I’m done with techs, I hope I’m done with techs.”
Oklahoma State guards Marcus Smart and Markel Brown both attended the Thunder-Kings game on Friday night.
With their season over, the two are now prepping for June’s NBA Draft, where both are expected to be selected.
Following the Thunder’s shootaround on Friday morning, Kendrick Perkins was seen going through a rigorous on-court workout.
The individual session included plenty of cardio, including full-court running and some defensive shuffling to test out that injured groin. He has been out since late February.
WILLIAMS IN, SHAKUR OUT
The month-long shuffle at the end of the Thunder roster continued on Friday.
With Mustafa Shakur’s 10-day contract up, the Thunder let it expire and brought back Reggie Williams on his second 10-day of the season.
Williams was with the team earlier this month, before they decided to bring Shakur on and send Williams back to Tulsa.
DirecTV ALTERS THUNDER VIEWING
DirecTV customers in Oklahoma City, you now have a new place to find Thunder games.
The provider has changed the location of FOX Sports Oklahoma to Channel 676-5. Plan accordingly.
STATE OF THE NIGHT
The Sacramento Kings are now 0-14 all-time in Oklahoma City: 0-11 vs the Thunder and 0-3 vs the Hornets.
The Thunder has a day off before a home game on Sunday at a rare time. OKC plays the Utah Jazz at 2 p.m. inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, a unique tip time the team said was planned to give fans a little variety.