In a precautionary move, Oklahoma City Thunder starting forward Serge Ibaka did not practice Thursday due to a sprained left ankle suffered late in Game 2 on Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
With Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal playoff series not until Saturday at 4 p.m., Ibaka was given a second straight day off to heal while not risking further injury.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Ibaka is day-to-day and will be re-evaluated at practice Friday morning. He is listed as probable for Game 3.
Ibaka also bumped knees in Game 2 shortly before halftime, but that injury has healed and was not the reason he missed Thursday's practice.
Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant played at Montrose Christian High School in Rockville, Md., with Memphis reserve point guard Greivis Vasquez.
"We competed with each other in high school, in AAU ball and in practices every day," Durant said of Vasquez, who is in his rookie season out of Maryland. "We became real close friends, like brothers. I'm glad to see him playing on a playoff team. I'm glad to see he's playing so well, but at the same time I want to beat him.
Any trash talking? "No, we don't do that, man," Durant said. "You can tell by our games we try to compete as hard as we can."
Durant also is friends with Grizzlies starting forward Rudy Gay, who is out for the playoffs after shoulder surgery. Gay played out of Archbishop Spalding High School in Baltimore.
Asked if he missed playing against Gay in the playoffs, Durant smiled and quickly answered, "No, I don't miss him. I never miss him. He's a tough cover. He can do everything at the offensive end. He's a tough defender. I wish he'd get back from his injury, but I'm kind of happy he's not playing this series."
Reserve power forward Nick Collison is a defensive standout, but he also has been contributing on offense during the playoffs.
Collison is the only Thunder player shooting 50 percent or better from the field during the postseason, sizzling at 62.5 percent.
Playfully asked if he was upset about not getting to shoot the ball more, Collison deadpanned, "Yeah. I'm going to have a meeting with coach. I want some isolations at the top of the key. At the end of games, I want all those shots, too. I need more touches."
Ibaka was available to start the third quarter despite bumping knees, but Brooks opted for Collison.
"I just felt Nick had an impact on the game that was needed," Brooks said. "He does so many things for us. I was a little concerned with Serge, plus I wanted to keep the game going in that direction. … He (Collison) gave us great minutes. That's usually a long time for all of our guys. I thought Nick was really good."
Collison played nonstop for the first 17:15 of the second half, an uninterrupted stretch he has played before in his NBA career, but not in a few seasons.
"I felt pretty good," said the 30-year-old Collison, the second-oldest player on the roster behind Nazr Mohammed (33). "It just depends kind of how the game goes. Some times feel better than others. I felt good going that stretch. I think I could do it again."
The Thunder is 23-6 after a loss this season, including the playoffs. … In the postseason, Durant is shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 47.7 percent from 3-point range. … OKC will fly to Memphis at 3 p.m. Friday.
"They're like this pot of stew that has a lot of ingredients that are just starting to get seasoned real well, so they're an exciting team to watch." – Hall of Famer Bob Lanier on the Thunder.