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Thunder notebook: Kevin Ollie scheduled to have MRI on knee

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer Modified: November 25, 2009 at 4:41 am •  Published: November 25, 2009
Kevin Ollie, who missed Tuesday’s game at Utah with a sore right knee, will undergo an MRI exam today. Ollie said his knee has been troublesome for about three weeks, but the pain became unbearable in the first quarter of Sunday’s road loss against the Los Angeles Lakers when he attempted to challenge a shot by guard Jordan Farmar.

"When I explode it hurts, but when I’m running it’s fine,” Ollie said. "That’s the frustrating thing. In basketball you have to jump. You can’t go out there and play cautious and whatnot. So I think I’m hurting myself and most importantly I think I’m hurting my team.

"I just want to check it out. I know we’re doing the right thing, me and the medical staff. I just want to make sure nothing else is going on in there. Hopefully it’s just something on the bone and nothing in the tendon.”

In 14 games as the backup point guard, Ollie is averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.8 minutes.

Weaver recalled from Tulsa, joins Thunder in Utah
Kyle Weaver’s first of three allowed stints in the D-League was a brief one. The Thunder recalled the second-year guard Tuesday out of necessity because of injuries to Ollie and Shaun Livingston (recovering from knee surgery). Weaver served as the backup point guard to Russell Westbrook against Utah.

A chance to learn from the best
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Utah point guard Deron Williams has reached the point in his development that second-year point guard Russell Westbrook is headed toward as a floor leader.

"He understands what the team needs, and Russell is learning how to do those things,” Brooks said of Williams.


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