Thunder notebook: 104-game streak ends

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: November 8, 2010 at 9:24 am •  Published: November 7, 2010

For the first time in 104 straight starts, the Thunder foursome of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha and Jeff Green was not introduced together.

Green did not play in Sunday night’s 92-83 loss to Boston at Oklahoma City Arena because of a left ankle he sprained during Saturday’s practice. He was replaced in the lineup by forward Serge Ibaka, who made the first NBA start in his career. Ibaka finished with 11 rebounds, eight points and one steal in 36:49 of playing time.

“I thought Serge was fine,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “He gave a good effort. He gave us a presence down low and he gives us energy. One thing I’ll say about Serge is he gives us everything he has.”

It marked the first time since March 11, 2009, the foursome was not in the starting lineup.

Brooks said Green is listed day-to-day. The Thunder’s next game is Wednesday at home against Philadelphia, followed by a Friday game at home against Portland and a Sunday game at home against San Antonio.

GETTING TECHNICAL

With 1:05 left in the game, a technical foul was called on Durant for allegedly holding Paul Pierce’s arm after a Westbrook basket.

However, television replays showed it was Pierce who actually held Durant’s arm.

The NBA reviews all technical fouls. If the league rules in Durant’s favor, his technical will be removed and he will not be required to pay a $2,000 fine.

BIG SHAMROCK SITS

Center Shaquille O’Neal, who has a bruised right knee, is on the Celtics’ four-game road trip but did not play Sunday. It is uncertain when he might return and Boston coach Doc Rivers said he wasn’t even sure O’Neal would make the trip.

“When I got on the plane, Shaq came on the plane. That’s how much decision I made in it,” Rivers told ESPNBoston.com during Sunday morning’s shoot-around. “I don’t even ask. I never do. If he’s healthy, he comes. If he’s not, he doesn’t. If he thinks he has a chance to play — and that’s between him and (Celtics trainer) Eddie (Lacerte) , then he comes. But I never get involved in that. At least I try not to. I don’t ever want a player to feel like I’m pushing him.”

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