San Antonio sixth man Manu Ginobili is considered doubtful for Monday's 7 p.m. contest against the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Ginobili suffered a bruised left quad in the first quarter of the Spurs' victory at home against Boston on Saturday night and did not return.
“He got a thigh contusion just above his knee and one would think he is going to be stiffer than hell (on Sunday),” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “It's hard to believe he'd be ready day after (Sunday) for Oklahoma, but I'm not sure.”
Ginobili also missed this season's previous meeting against OKC at the AT&T Center on Nov. 1, when San Antonio won 86-84 on Tony Parker's 20-foot buzzer-beater.
Spurs forward Stephen Jackson will miss Monday's game with a finger injury.
For the Thunder, rookie forward Perry Jones III continues to heal from an ankle injury.
INCIDENT ‘BEHIND US'
When Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace became entangled on Dec. 7, Jackson sent a hostile tweet to Ibaka for which the NBA fined him $25,000. Jackson and the Spurs quickly apologized.
The incident has since passed quietly and Jackson will not play Monday.
OKC coach Scott Brooks said he respects the Spurs, but added the NBA “did what they had to do” fining Jackson.
“That's behind us," Brooks said last week. “That has no bearing when we do play Monday night. It won't even be a thought in my mind.”
The Thunder leads the league in scoring (105.7) and point differential (9.3). Veteran forward Nick Collison said Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook deserve a lot of credit, but not for the reasons you might expect.
“We're not having to rely on our guys to make incredible plays, difficult plays,” Collison explained. “We're getting a lot more easy shots. I think Kevin and Russell deserve a lot of credit for that. They've embraced it and they're trusting everybody else.”
Collison explaining why the Thunder's assists are up from last season: “The decisions are easier when the spacing is better. When we're not playing in a crowd, we're getting better shots. Turnovers are starting to come down for us, too. We've just seen some growth for our whole team. It's comfortable playing with each other.”