Thunder notebook: Feeling the Heat
The Thunder and Heat were the two more talked-about teams in the league this offseason, both capturing significant media attention. Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant sees a large gap in each team's overall exposure, however.
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Guard Thabo Sefolosha met the team in Kansas City after staying at home with flu-like symptoms and missing the Thunder's game in Fayetteville, N.C., on Wednesday night.
It is not know if Sefolosha will start tonight against Miami. James Harden started in Sefolosha's place against Charlotte, finishing with 16 points four assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes.
Cook still not close to returning
Daequan Cook participated in more drills during Thursday's practice and continues to progress from concussion he sustained last week in practice. But Cook said Thursday that he doesn't expect to make his Thunder debut in the near future.
Cook will not be in the lineup tonight against the Heat, and he said he is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Memphis in Tulsa. Cook could make his debut against CSKA Moscow in Oklahoma City on Thursday, he said, but the team's coaches and training staff must first be comfortable with him in practices.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks did not play Durant in the second half of Wednesday's 97-93 win over Charlotte. But Brooks said Durant, as well as guard Russell Westbrook, will receive more playing time tonight against Miami. Brooks also said the starting lineup could change on a game-to-game basis in the preseason.