Early in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s blowout win in Memphis, rookie center Steven Adams came down awkwardly during a rebound attempt, twisting his right ankle.
Adams tried to stand up, but couldn’t put weight on it. Moments later, he was helped to the locker room, where the team determined he had a right ankle sprain.
In the postgame locker room, Adams had a slight limp, but no walking boot or crutches were needed, a good sign for the Thunder.
THABO SEFOLOSHA REMAINS DAY-TO-DAY
Despite missing both games on this brief road trip, Thabo Sefolosha was spotted on the floor during pregame in Memphis, going through a light workout.
Sefolosha, who is out with a sprained right knee, is considered day-to-day. Coach Scott Brooks doesn't seem to think it'll be anything to worry about long-term.
“We'll see how he feels (tomorrow),” Brooks said.
ROBERSON STARTS IN SEFOLOSHA'S PLACE AGAIN
With Sefolosha out, Andre Roberson was given another shot in the starting lineup.
And for the second straight night, the rookie filled in admirably, going for seven points and four rebounds in 19 minutes, while harassing Jerryd Bayless all over the court.
In the first quarter, Roberson drilled his first career 3-pointer, a shot that would make him a dangerous role player if he could make it semi-consistently.
DURANT VS. GEORGE DEBATE CONTINUES
Throughout the early part of this season, NBA TV has been running a hypothetical one-on-one tournament, matching the game's greatest current players and allowing the fans to vote on who would win.
The current showdown: Kevin Durant vs. Paul George. The in-progress fan results: Durant 66 percent to George's 34 percent.
“One-on-one, that's what I do, that's what I grew up on,” Durant said when asked of the hypothetical matchup. “That's how I kinda molded my game. So I feel as though he is one of the top one-on-one players and I am one of the top, as well. It'd be a good matchup. I won't say who'd win, but it'd be a good matchup.”
George, however, was more up front with his prediction when asked by NBA TV.
“What am I going to do? Beat him,” George said. “I think it would be tougher for him one-on-one. When we play them, he does a lot of movement, so I think it would be a pretty even match.”
STAT OF THE GAME
Jeremy Lamb on this brief two-game road trip: 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting in 49 minutes. He had a career-high 18 on Wednesday night against Memphis.
The Thunder returns to OKC for a two-game homestand that begins with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Friday night. Tip is at 7. The Thunder is 10-0 at home.