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Thunder notebook: Nenad Krstic injures ankle; Nick Collison, others return

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: December 3, 2009 at 12:03 am •  Published: December 3, 2009
Krstic out again?
After missing the last game with a sore left Achilles, Nenad Krstic returned to the starting lineup. Krstic played well, but in the final seconds of the third quarter rolled his left ankle after he landed on Elton Brand’s foot.

"I don’t really know right now (how severe it is), but I don’t think it’s too serious,” Krstic said. "But it’s a little sore.”

Three players returned for Wednesday’s game, giving coach Scott Brooks a 12-man roster for the first time in a week. Nick Collison returned after missing four games with a sprained knee. Shaun Livingston returned after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery 15 days ago.

Livingston did not play. Mike Wilks logged 14 minutes. Etan Thomas also didn’t play.

"They really only play one big guy,” Brooks said, explaining why Thomas didn’t play. "They’re a team that plays small, plays fast. They have good athletes that can run and shoot. And it’s tough to play more than nine guys in the NBA.”

Kevin Durant joined an impressive list of ESPN The Magazine’s "Next” big athletes.

Previous ESPN selections were: Matt Ryan (2009), Joba Chamberlain (2008), Dwight Howard (2007), Reggie Bush and Vince Young (2006), Adrian Peterson (2005), Kazuo Matsui (2004), LeBron James (2003), Brian Urlacher (2002), Yao Ming (2001), Vince Carter (2000), Randy Moss and Keith Van Horn (1999) and Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, Kordell Stewart and Eric Lindros (1998).

"It’s an honor to be in that company,” Durant said.


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