Mullens impresses again in win over Philadelphia
Byron Mullens continues turning heads in Orlando.
The Thunder's second-year center scored 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting to go with six rebounds in Wednesday's 89-80 win over Philadelphia. In the Thunder's opening summer league game against Boston, Mullens scored 24 points on 6-for-12 shooting while pulling down seven rebounds. Although he scored only 12 points on 2-for-12 shooting Tuesday vs. Charlotte, Mullens maintained his aggressiveness. He got to the free throw line 12 times and blocked two shots.
"He went down to the D-League (last) year and took advantage of his opportunities to improve," said Thunder summer league coach Brian Keefe. "And then coming back in the summer league, he's added some strength, he's given us some defensive presence and I think you guys have seen his ability to run the court...I think he's showing some growth, which is great. We've really been pleased with Byron."
James Harden scored a team-high 21 points while hounding No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner. Harden struggled with his shot, going 3-for-10 but got to the free throw line 18 times.
Maynor sustains thumb injury
Point guard Eric Maynor sprained his right thumb in the fourth quarter Wednesday, forcing him to leave the game after colliding with a Sixers player under the rim while playing defense. Maynor is listed as day-to-day, but it's unlikely he'll play today or in Friday's finale.
On his Twitter account about three hours after the Thunder's game, Maynor announced that X-rays were negative and didn't reveal any breaks.
Maynor had been one of the most consistent players in Orlando this week before his injury. He scored 10 points with five assists in 23 minutes Wednesday.
Cook arrives in Orlando
Recently acquired guard Daequan Cook attended Wednesday's game against the Sixers, sitting on the bench in street clothes to support his new teammates. Cook, the sharp-shooter OKC got from Miami the day before the draft, said he sees himself fitting in well with the Thunder.
"I'm young and can run the floor," Cook said. "I'm one of the premier shooters in this league now. I can help a lot, especially knowing that I coming from a defensive team to team that's defensive-first also. So it should be a lot easier for me fitting into this team and being comfortable."
Ibaka done in Orlando
Serge Ibaka, who sprained his left ankle Monday, said he will not play in today's game against Orlando or Friday's finale against Utah. Ibaka said he can run fine but has problems cutting. He's keeping a device designed to add compression to his ankle on his foot throughout the days and said he should be healed in about a week.
Ibaka on Wednesday explained why the bizarre injury caused him so much pain. The second-year forward said he sprained his ankle last week in the team's practices and had come to Orlando with his foot already gimpy. Ibaka said he was playing through the pain.
Kyle Weaver did not play Wednesday. Keefe said it was a planned rest, as each of the returning players is likely to sit out a game. That indicates James Harden could sit out today's game against Orlando. ... Latavious Williams turned in his most impressive performance Wednesday, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes off the bench. ...Last year's second-round pick, Robert Vaden, continues to struggle with his shot. After three games, Vaden has made just three of 13 shots from the field while missing four of his five 3-point attempts. ...Free agents Cliff Hammonds and Marcus Lewis received their first action of the week Wednesday.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY