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OKC Thunder notebook: Starting guard Thabo Sefolosha misses game

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: January 3, 2012
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/articleid/3637480/1/pictures/1603030">Photo - Oklahoma City's James Harden (13) and Russell Westbrook (0) leap during player introductions before the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Portland won, 103-93. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's James Harden (13) and Russell Westbrook (0) leap during player introductions before the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Portland won, 103-93. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

It is the sixth time in the last three seasons Durant has won the award. He won it three times two years ago and twice last season.

TAP-INS

In the first quarter, Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison had six points and six rebounds. The entire Portland bench had zero points and three rebounds. … OKC had seven fouls with 4:18 left in the first quarter. The Blazers had four fouls in the entire first half. … The Trail Blazers entered the game ranked second in the league in rebounding (plus-8.2). The Thunder ranked 16th and were dead even in total rebounds with its opponents (250-250). There was a 20-20 rebounding tie at the half, but Portland finished with a 46-40 advantage. … San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili broke his left hand against Minnesota and is out indefinitely. That means he will miss the Spurs' game at OKC on Sunday and potentially could miss the Thunder's Feb. 4 game at San Antonio. Former Oklahoma State standout James Anderson is expected to start in Ginobili's place. The third and final meeting between Thunder and Spurs is March 16 in OKC.

UP NEXT

OKC has Wednesday off and will return to practice Thursday in preparation for the busiest stretch of the schedule — five games in six days that consists of back-to-back-to-back games at home against Houston, at Houston, at home against San Antonio, followed by a day off and a back-to-back at Memphis and at New Orleans.

SHOPPING SPREE

Perkins is scheduled to help a family shop at the Homeland in Yukon on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The family of five – a single father and his four children, ages 8 through 13 – were referred for the program by staff at Mustang Creek Elementary, where some of the children attend school.


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