THUNDER CLOSE TO FULL STRENGTH
For the first time since Feb. 20, the Thunder is expected to have its full complement of players available Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Thabo Sefolosha returned to the lineup Tuesday at Sacramento after a 17-game absence caused by a calf injury. Russell Westbrook (knee) and Kendrick Perkins (groin) will both play against the Clippers.
All that’s limiting the Thunder at this point is minute restrictions and Westbrook continuing to be held out of one game of back-to-backs. Brooks said Westbrook’s minute restriction has now been increased to 34 minutes, while the plan for now is to limit Sefolosha to about 15 minutes.
The Kings were without Isaiah Thomas (quad), Rudy Gay (back) and Reggie Evans (back) Tuesday due to injuries. … Butler extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer to 14 games. … During a second-quarter timeout, a Kings fan won a Kia after hitting a halfcourt shot. … The Thunder is 7-6 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.