With three guards sidelined by injuries, the Thunder will use James Harden, Thabo Sefolosha and possibly Kevin Durant as the backup point guard tonight.
Kyle Weaver, who filled the role Tuesday at Utah, suffered a separated shoulder in practice Wednesday and will be sidelined indefinitely. Kevin Ollie (knee) was encouraged by results from an MRI but was to meet with team officials before determining whether arthroscopic surgery is necessary. Shaun Livingston recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will be sidelined another two or three weeks. Power forward Nick Collison (knee) will miss his third consecutive game but could return soon once swelling subsides. On Thursday, the Thunder signed free-agent point guard Mike Wilks.
Sefolosha’s impactBecause he doesn’t rank high in "defensive” categories like blocked shots or steals, Sefolosha probably won’t get serious consideration for the league’s All-Defensive team. Sefolosha, though, has played well guarding stars like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Sefolosha held Utah point guard Deron Williams to 1-of-5 shooting in the second half of Wednesday’s win. The most revealing stat is the Thunder is 18-25 in games Sefolosha has started since he was acquired in a deadline deal with Chicago last February.
Durant in select groupScoring 28 points in Tuesday’s win, Durant has 407 points in 15 games.