Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thabo Sefolosha out Sunday with left calf strain

Thabo Sefolosha was scheduled to have an MRI late Saturday, where the team was expected to know more about his timetable for a possible return.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 1, 2014

Another day, another injured Thunder starter.

Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City’s starting shooting guard and perimeter defensive specialist, left Friday night’s win over Memphis with a left calf strain.

He didn’t practice Saturday and, according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks, will not play on Sunday against Charlotte.

He was scheduled to have an MRI late Saturday, where the team was expected to know more about his timetable for a possible return.

Sefolosha joins Kendrick Perkins on the injury report. Perkins strained his left groin in last week’s game against Miami, the same day Russell Westbrook returned from a lengthy absence, and is expected to be out up to six weeks.

Every Thunder starter has missed at least one game this season because of to injury, the first time that’s happened since the franchise moved to OKC.

“That’s part of the NBA season,” Brooks said. “You have to keep moving forward, you can’t use it as a crutch to feel sorry for yourself or your team.”

Brooks wouldn’t reveal who would start in Sefolosha’s place, but Perry Jones and Andre Roberson are the two most likely candidates.

Jones started the second half on Friday in place of Sefolosha and Roberson started all four games that Sefolosha missed earlier this season with injury.


The injury news isn’t all bad for OKC.

A night after leaving the Memphis game with what appeared to be a head injury, Reggie Jackson participated in Thunder practice on Saturday.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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