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OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook practices, says there's no concern over 'light sprain'

Caron Butler said the whole state of Oklahoma probably said a collective prayer when Westbrook walked off the court with a knee sprain.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 23, 2014

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Kevin Durant received a reprieve from the NBA.

On Sunday, the league rescinded his latest technical foul — called after his slight shove of Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough last Friday — reducing his season count from 15 to 14.

It’s an important ruling because once a player reaches 16 technicals, he is given an automatic suspension. Durant is now two away.


The Denver Nuggets come to town on Monday afternoon.

But it’s not the Nuggets of years past, a franchise that has made the postseason 10 straight seasons, but is destined for the lottery this June.

And it’s not even the Nuggets of earlier this season, with injuries depleting an already thinning roster.

Four key rotation pieces — Danilo Gallinari, Nate Robinson, JaVale McGee and J.J. Hickson — are out for the season with injuries.

But the Nuggets remain a competitive bunch, winning five of the past seven, including victories over the Heat and Clippers.

“Give Coach Shaw a lot of credit,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s been able to still manage and play competitive basketball.”


Caron Butler on Kevin Durant’s big game and the Thunder’s big win in Toronto: “I took the DVD home and watched it a couple of times. It was a special game.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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