Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha missed Tuesday night's home game against Portland and stayed home with flu-like symptoms. His status is day-to-day.
It marked only the fourth start Sefolosha has missed in the last three seasons.
Thunder guard Daequan Cook, who missed the previous 1½ games with flu-like symptoms, also was suffering severe headaches. In an attempt to cut down on the glare from the arena lights, Cook wore goggles against the Trail Blazers.
After getting burned for three straight baskets by Wesley Matthews, Cook discarded the goggles for 54 seconds of action early in the second period before putting them back on after a timeout.
Cook played 24 minutes and had three rebounds, but was 1 for 5 shooting form the field.
"It was just tough for us on offense," Cook said. "Sometimes when the offense isn't going well, it can affect you on defense as well."
With 1:06 left in the game, Portland center LaMarcus Aldridge and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins were whistled for a double-technical and separated after battling for a rebound.
"It was just two competitive guys in the heat of the moment," Aldridge said. "I don't take nothing from it. We just got into it. Both men are competitors. It's just something that happened. It's over with now."
DURANT TOPS WEST
Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant struggled against Portland, scoring 19 points on 26 shots. A few hours earlier, however, he was named Western Conference player of the week for the opening week of the season. Miami's LeBron James won the Eastern Conference award.
Durant helped the Thunder to a 5-0 start, averaged 27.4 points (second overall) and shot 54.7 percent from the field and .500 from beyond the arc. He scored 30-plus points and shot 50-plus percent from the field in each of the first four games. His 27-footer at the final buzzer beat Dallas 104-102.
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.
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.
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.
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.