Thunder coach Scott Brooks is not expected to miss any upcoming games despite the recent death of his mother, Lee, who died Saturday.
Brooks coached the next night in Denver and was on the sideline again Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State.
At noon Thursday, the Thunder is scheduled to bus from Oakland to Sacramento, which is an hour away from Brooks' hometown of Manteca, Calif., where his mother still lived. The Thunder will have Thursday off in Sacramento after playing a back-to-back as is customary.
Brooks and the team, however, are keeping the matter private.
FORBES VALUES THUNDER FRANCHISE AT $475 MILLION
In its annual valuations of NBA franchises, Forbes estimated the Thunder to be valued at $475 million. Oklahoma City ranked 12th in value among the league's 30 teams.
New York topped the list with an estimated value of $1.1 billion. The Knicks were followed by the Los Angeles Lakers ($1 billion), Chicago ($800 million), Boston ($730 million), Dallas ($685 million), Miami ($625 million), Houston ($568 million), Golden State ($555 million), Brooklyn ($530 million), San Antonio ($527 million) and Sacramento ($525 million).
Forbes also estimated the Thunder to have an annual profit of $30 million.
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