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Thunder notebook: Defensive lapse

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: February 24, 2010 at 4:03 am •  Published: February 24, 2010

The Spurs’ problem? Off-season addition Richard Jefferson has averaged only 12.0 points after averaging 21.2 the past two seasons with New Jersey and Milwaukee. Tony Parker, who has missed nine games, is questionable tonight after sitting out Sunday’s game at Detroit with a strained hip flexor.

Frequent flyer miles is the reason Suns two-time MVP Steve Nash stayed in Phoenix, skipping Tuesday night’s game in the Ford Center. Nash, 36, sometimes battles a back injury that has been getting progressively worse the past two weeks due to frequent trips.

The Suns had a four-game road trip before the All-Star break to Houston, New Orleans, Denver and Sacramento. Nash flew to Vancouver for the torch ceremony for the Winter Olympics, flew to Dallas for All-Star weekend, returned to Phoenix and also has taken road trips to Memphis and Dallas after the All-Star break.

"If it were the playoffs, he’d have played,” said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. "We have to look at it long-term. That’s what we were concerned with, the flying more than the actual injury.”

Gentry said Nash will play tonight when Phoenix hosts Philadelphia.

The Thunder lost for only the third time all season when scoring points, falling to 23-3. ... With two more charges in Tuesday’s game, Nick Collison moved up to second in the league for taking charging fouls (42). Jared Jeffries (44) leads the league... Former OU star Taylor Griffin requested around 25 tickets for Tuesday’s game, including his parents, who were shown during the Kiss Cam segment. ... Antonio Anderson, signed to a 10-day contract, was inactive and dressed in street clothes.


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