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.
REGGIE JACKSON GOOD TO GO
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.
He’s expected to play on Sunday.
BUTLER TO THE THUNDER OFFICIAL
Caron Butler cleared waivers on Saturday at 4 p.m. By 6 p.m., his deal with the Thunder was official.
"Headed to OKC truly blessed..." Butler tweeted.
It's not yet clear whether Butler will be available for OKC's Sunday game against the Bobcats.
WESTBROOK FEELS BETTER
Slowly but surely, Russell Westbrook is returning to form.
After a solid game against Cleveland, Westbrook was fluid and efficient throughout his 29 minutes on Friday night.
In the Thunder’s win over Memphis — Westbrook’s fourth game back from his latest surgery — he had 21 points, six assists, three steals and only one turnover. He shot 7-of-12 from the field.
“I felt better last night,” Westbrook said. “Rhythm-wise and moving around. Hopefully I can continue to feel better and better each game.”
UNDERRATED BOBCATS PRESENT CHALLENGE
For the final time in history — barring an extremely unlikely meeting in the NBA Finals — the Thunder will play the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday afternoon.
Next season, the Bobcats will switch their name to the Hornets.
But this final edition of the Bobcats is better than in the past. Charlotte is 27-31, winning five of its last six games, and currently holds the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
“They do a great job of getting back, not allowing many transition points,” Brooks said. “Offensively, they don’t turn the ball over, I think they lead the league in lowest amount of turnovers.”
STAT OF THE DAY
Charlotte averages 11.9 turnovers per game, fewest in the NBA. OKC averages 15.3 per game, fourth most in the league.