“That is an old NBA saying,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Saturday night. “You better be ready because you never know ... But Reggie's been preparing himself. He's been working with (assistant coach Brian Keefe) every day, sometimes too long because he wants more. Reggie is one of those guys who wants more. He's a sponge. And he'll be fine if that's what it calls for.”
The Thunder also could look to veteran point guard Royal Ivey, who was steady in limited action last season. Ivey had not appeared in a game this season before Sunday's contest against the Spurs. In 25 games last year, Ivey averaged 1.6 points in 6.2 minutes.
The Thunder won by three against the Rockets but left Houston with heavy hearts.
“It's kind of bittersweet for all of us, knowing that we got the win,” said Kevin Durant after the game. “But seeing one of our brothers hurt like that is tough on all of us.”