The Thunder will be without two of its defensive cornerstones for the foreseeable future.
Not long after it was announced that Kendrick Perkins would miss up to six weeks with a strained groin, the Thunder were hit with more injury news. Starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha will be out for a similar timeframe after straining his left calf against Cleveland on Friday.
“He may come back a little sooner than this, he may come back a little later,” Thunder general Sam Presti said. “But we’re gonna (say) 4-6 weeks.”
This leaves the Thunder without two starters for nearly the rest of the regular season.
“It’s unfortunate for us to have Thabo out,” Kevin Durant said. “He was playing so well, defending at a high level … It’s a blow to us that he’s gone, but we’re going to hold it down.”
Perry Jones will start in Sefolosha’s place on Sunday night. Scott Brooks said, moving forward, the starting two-guard slot will remain a fluid position.
“As we have during the other situations we’ve had this season, I’m anxious to see what we do with that,” Presti said. “I’m anxious to see how we delve into it … I’m really confident we have guys in place to take advantage of that.”
BUTLER SCHEDULED TO JOIN THE THUNDER ON MONDAY
Although the acquisition was made before Sefolosha’s injury news, the Thunder’s signing of Caron Butler now gains added importance.
“I think Caron’s signing is definitely at the right time,” Durant said. “A veteran guy that plays with a lot of toughness, that can shoot the basketball extremely well.”