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 nightâ€™s 92-83 loss to Boston at Oklahoma City Arena because of a left ankle he sprained during Saturdayâ€™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.
â€œI thought Serge was fine,â€ Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. â€œHe gave a good effort. He gave us a presence down low and he gives us energy. One thing Iâ€™ll say about Serge is he gives us everything he has.â€
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 Thunderâ€™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.
With 1:05 left in the game, a technical foul was called on Durant for allegedly holding Paul Pierceâ€™s arm after a Westbrook basket.
However, television replays showed it was Pierce who actually held Durantâ€™s arm.
The NBA reviews all technical fouls. If the league rules in Durantâ€™s favor, his technical will be removed and he will not be required to pay a $2,000 fine.
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Center Shaquille Oâ€™Neal, who has a bruised right knee, is on the Celticsâ€™ four-game road trip but did not play Sunday. It is uncertain when he might return and Boston coach Doc Rivers said he wasnâ€™t even sure Oâ€™Neal would make the trip.
â€œWhen I got on the plane, Shaq came on the plane. Thatâ€™s how much decision I made in it,â€ Rivers told ESPNBoston.com during Sunday morningâ€™s shoot-around. â€œI donâ€™t even ask. I never do. If heâ€™s healthy, he comes. If heâ€™s not, he doesnâ€™t. If he thinks he has a chance to play â€” and thatâ€™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 donâ€™t ever want a player to feel like Iâ€™m pushing him.â€
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