Add Kyle Weaver to the Thunder’s list of bruised and battered players. The second-year shooting guard left Wednesday’s practice after suffering a shoulder injury. He was taken to see a team doctor, but the results of tests were unknown Wednesday. With Shaun Livingston and Kevin Ollie both battling knee ailments, Weaver was thrust into emergency point guard duty in Tuesday’s 104-94 win at Utah. But if Weaver misses an extended amount of time, the Thunder could be without a backup point guard to starter Russell Westbrook. Weaver’s status is expected to become clear today, but he doesn’t figure to play in Friday’s game against Milwaukee. Thunder coach Scott Brooks, however, said Kevin Durant, James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha are capable of filling in behind Westbrook in limited minutes. "It’s going to definitely be point (guard) by committee,” said Brooks. "We just have to figure it out as the game goes along. "Russell could have a lot of minutes. But we’ve got guys that will always step up. They’re all wired for that. They’re all wired to perform big in tough situations.”
Bowen waived, acquisition possibleForward Ryan Bowen became a casualty of the injury bug that has hit the Thunder, and the veteran forward was waived Wednesday. The move frees up the 15th and final roster spot in the event the Thunder seeks to acquire a player who can provide relief at point guard. Bowen, who beat out Mike Harris, Michael Ruffin and Tre Kelley for the team’s final spot in training camp, played in just one game and scored four points with two rebounds. A replacement for Bowen could be added as early as today.
Livingston has stitches removedShaun Livingston, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to remove staples from his reconstructed left knee on Nov. 17, had the stitches removed from his leg before practice Wednesday morning. Livingston’s recovery time was set at three to four weeks, but Livingston said Wednesday that the timetable is now up to him. "It’s on me. I’m trying to get back,” Livingston said. "The sooner the better, but I’m not rushing anything. Pretty much it just depends on swelling. Even before the surgery I didn’t have any pain. It was just swelling and it was inhibiting my movements. But now that I’ve got that taken care of, it’s pretty much when I’m ready conditioning-wise.”
Ollie, Collison still outResults of Ollie’s MRI on Wednesday did not reveal any major damage to his left knee, but it’s unclear how much more time the backup point guard will miss. A possible option for Ollie is an arthroscopic surgery procedure to help reduce the pain. Forward Nick Collison, meanwhile, is still listed as day-to-day with a knee injury. Collison has missed the past two games and is not expected to play Friday.
BrieflyThe Thunder has today off for Thanksgiving, but the entire team helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to more than 400 homeless and low-income families at City Rescue Mission following Wednesday’s practice. ... In preparation for the Bucks on Friday, Brooks put his team through defensive closeout drills Wednesday to ensure the Thunder challenges the shots of Milwaukee’s perimeter players.