Thunder notebook: Jeff Green's status still uncertain

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm •  Published: November 8, 2010

Thunder forward Jeff Green remains day-to-day with a sprained left ankle and his status for Wednesday night's game against Philadelphia is uncertain. Green sat out Sunday night's 92-83 loss to Boston. It was his first missed start since March 8, 2009.

Green observed Monday's practice while walking on a treadmill equipped with a bubble apparatus set at 50 percent of his body weight.

"It felt good," Green said. "You don't want to rush things like this. It might linger later on in the season, especially with an ankle. You want to make sure you come back at full strength. It's just sore. It's nothing big. Like any other ankle sprain, you ice it down, get treatment."

Asked if it would be his decision or the team doctor's decision as to when he would return, Green said, "Both. We have to be on the same page. We don't want him to disagree with my opinion."

Has there ever been a time when Green wanted to play and he was told he couldn't?

"Yeah, yesterday (Sunday)," Green said, smiling.

PREPPING FOR PHILLY

The Thunder's lineup is vastly different with Serge Ibaka as a starter rather than Green. The 6-foot-9 Green can defend multiple positions while the 6-foot-10 Ibaka is best used as a power forward near the basket.

With Green's status unknown, how does the Thunder prepare for the Sixers?

"We're good when we have them both, and we're not as good without Jeff," coach Scott Brooks said. "We have to find ways for Serge to be effective. I thought the shots he took (Sunday) night were very good. He will make most of those shots he took, but Jeff does a lot of things for us with spreading the floor, he can shoot 3s, he can drive and now his post-up game has improved. We hope to have them both. If not, we have to find ways to help our rotation out."

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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