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Thunder notebook: Desmond Mason sidelined

Oklahoman Modified: November 18, 2008 at 5:43 am •  Published: November 18, 2008
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ebounds last season in Seattle, but his stats have been about half that in Oklahoma City.

"He’s not been bad by any stretch, but I don’t think fans have seen a sustained and consistent Chris Wilcox, yet,” Carlesimo said. "When Weezy is healthy, which he hasn’t been, there’s no question what he’s capable of.”

SECOND OPINION

Early in the fourth quarter, after officials called a foul on Damien Wilkins, he walked over to TV analyst Grant Long. "Grant, did I foul him?” Long, wearing his headset, nodded. Wilkins flashed a smile. "No. That wasn’t a foul.”

WILKINS, WEAVER OPPORTUNITIES

Carlesimo said Mason’s injury will give Wilkins more playing time and possibly some minutes for rookie guard Kyle Weaver against smaller teams.

"We’ll miss (Mason’s) defense and his intensity,” Carlesimo said. "He always brings that to the table. He’s been our best wing defender. He plays very, very hard and is competitive, something that we need. This gives other guys an opportunity. Damien has been great, very professional handling not getting an opportunity to play.”

PINTO RETURNS

Radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto returned for Monday’s game after taking a week off to be with his wife, Becky, who delivered the couple’s first child, Nash, on Nov. 11. Pinto said the name, in part, is attributed to Suns point guard Steve Nash.

BY MIKE BALDWIN


Monday’s Games

Houston 100, Oklahoma City 89

Phoenix at Utah

San Antonio at L.A. Clippers

Today’s Games

Toronto at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Atlanta at Indiana, 6 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 6 p.m.

Dallas at Charlotte, 6 p.m.

New York at Boston, 6:30 p.m.

Cleveland at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Memphis, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Denver, 8 p.m.

Chicago at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Portland at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday’s Results

Toronto 107, Miami 96

Orlando 90, Charlotte 85

Dallas 124, New York 114, OT

Phoenix 104, Detroit 86

Denver 90, Minnesota 84

San Antonio 90, Sacramento 88

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