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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks not expected to miss any games

Brooks will remain with team on game nights despite the recent death of his mother, Lee. The team is scheduled on Thursday to bus from Oakland to Sacramento, which is an hour away from Brooks' hometown of Manteca, Calif., where his mother still lived. The team will not practice on Thursday.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 23, 2013
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ALL-STAR RESERVES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Russell Westbrook is expected to be announced as an All-Star reserve for the third consecutive season when the remaining roster spots are unveiled Thursday night on TNT.

Before Wednesday's game at Golden State, the Thunder point guard was averaging 23 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.9 steals.

The Thunder was 33-9 before the Warriors game.

CRUNCHING COLLISON'S MINUTES

Nick Collison played a season-high 41 minutes Tuesday against the Clippers.

It was well beyond Collison's 20-minute average this season. But the reserve power forward was forced into action because Kendrick Perkins was in foul trouble throughout the night and played just seven minutes.

Brooks joked that Collison would feel the effects of the back-to-back most Wednesday in the game against Golden State.

“He's our old guy, right, at 29 or whatever,” Brooks joked.

Collison actually is 32. His regular season career high for minutes played is 49, set in 2007 when the team was in Seattle.

“Nick actually enjoyed it because he hasn't played (much),” Brooks said. “That's like two games for him, the minutes that he played (Tuesday) night.”

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY