After his recent recall from Tulsa, Andre Roberson will get a quick welcome back to the NBA.
With Thabo Sefolosha out with a sprained right knee (Scott Brooks called him day-to-day), Roberson will start in his place for the Thunder in Atlanta tonight.
His defensive assignment: Guard Kyle Korver, the Hawks sharpshooter who recently set an NBA record with a made three in his 90th consecutive game.
“I expect him to go out there and play hard,” Brooks said of Roberson. “He’s going to have to chase Korver around, which is going to be a tough challenge.”
Despite playing limited minutes in his rookie season, this isn’t Roberson’s first career start. Last month in Milwaukee, with Sefolosha out with flu-like symptoms, Brooks started Roberson in his place, as a way to keep his bench rotation the same.
Roberson played 13 minutes in that game, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound.
And during his recent three-game trek to the D-League, Roberson was impressive, including a combined 46 points, 28 rebounds and seven steals in his last two games.
“I don’t expect (Roberson) to give us 30 minutes or so,” Brooks said. “But if he can give us five or six minutes to start the game off at the level we expect him to play at, we’ll be happy.”
Sefolosha’s absence will also likely mean a minutes boost for both Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson.