SEFOLOSHA MISSES PRACTICE WITH SORE FOOT
Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha sat out of Friday's practice with a sore right foot and is listed day-to-day.
"He's improved (Friday)," coach Scott Brooks said. "So we'll just see how he feels. Knowing Thabo, he loves to play. If he's ready, he's going to play. There's no doubt. We're not going to save him for Minnesota (on Monday night)."
If Sefolosha is unavailable, James Harden will start in his place.
"I'm always ready to go," Harden said. "Hopefully Thabo can get back as soon as possible. We need his defensive presence."
The Thunder opens the 2011-12 regular season Sunday at 7 p.m. against the Orlando Magic. OKC then plays at Minnesota on Monday; at Memphis on Wednesday; at home against Dallas on Thursday; at home against Phoenix on New Year's Eve.
* NBA commissioner David Stern will attend the Thunder-Orlando opener after attending the Heat-Mavericks game in Dallas. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp of Midwest City also is expected to be on hand for the OKC game.
* After a rugged Thursday practice, the Thunder had a better day Friday. "I thought today was one of our best practices," Brooks said. "They came back and they were sharp. They were focused. They got after it. It was a good practice today from the start to the very end."
* So players can spend time with their families, the Thunder will not have its usual game day shoot-around on Christmas Day. OKC instead will have the 45-minute session on Saturday morning at its new practice facility.
* According to Bovada, the Thunder is listed as a 1/3 favorite to win the Northwest Division and is projected to win 48.5 games, second highest in the league to Miami's 50.5 games.
As was the case last season, the Thunder will offer 200 tickets on game day at the Thunder Rewards Zone. Beginning at 4 p.m. outside the arena box office, fans can enter the raffle to win or purchase pairs of tickets. The first 75 fans in line are guaranteed an opportunity to win or purchase tickets. At 6 p.m., 25 participants will win a pair of Love's Loud City tickets and 75 others will win the chance to purchase one of the remaining pairs. All Rewards Zone tickets are located in Love's Loud City.
Before heading to the arena, Thunder fans are urged to check the latest information on THUNDER.NBA.COM.
Outside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday will be a winter wonderland display, complete with falling snow, lit trees and park benches.
Upon entry, fans can visit Santa Claus and the Thunder Girls, Storm Chasers and Thunder Drummers. The display begins at 5 p.m. and arena doors open at 5:30.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early and wear blue. Road and arena construction may cause delays. For the latest construction information, fans are advised to visit .
By John Rohde