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Thunder notebook: Nenad Krstic to play

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer Published: October 14, 2009
Nenad Krstic hopes to play tonight after missing Monday’s game with a sinus infection. His fever subsided, Krstic returned to practice Tuesday.

"I played a lot of games this summer. When I play a lot my immune system sometimes is low,” Krstic said. "That’s why I got sick. If the fever doesn’t come back I expect to play (tonight). I did a full practice. I feel fine. Physically I’m in really good shape.”

Finish strong
At the end of Tuesday’s practice, perimeter players lined up at midcourt. One by one they drove through seven people in the lane, assistant coaches and support staff members. Some held pads to impede progress. Others slapped at players’ arms.

"Every program I’ve been with has done this,” coach Scott Brooks said. "It creates concentration. It teaches you to take the hit and make the layup. It helps. It’s one thing we’ll continue to work on, finish the play strong. (Laughing) There’s not a better way to hit our players without getting in trouble.”

Etan Thomas said he’s tried to get "as many tickets as possible” for tonight’s preseason game in Tulsa.