Collison concerned about ankle?Sidelined since camp opened more than two weeks ago by a severely sprained ankle, veteran forward Nick Collison was asked if he’s concerned with the season opener less than two weeks away. "I haven’t even practiced, yet, so I’m definitely going to be behind,” Collison said. "Yeah, I’m concerned. I’ll be fine eventually. You never want to be behind. But you also want to be 100 percent. I’m doing pretty good with the pain. It’s the explosiveness is what I don’t have.” Collison hopes to play in the Thunder’s next preseason game, Monday night in Houston, but said he will play only if he’s assured his ankle has healed.
FOUL TROUBLEKevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points but was plagued by foul trouble. Durant was whistled for four fouls the first half and drew his fifth with 6:35 left in the third quarter. He joked that he needed to play late in the game just to get in his full allotment of minutes. "I’ve never been in that position, getting five fouls that early,” Durant said. "I was guarding guys coming off a lot of screens and running around a lot. It was a challenge but something that will make me better.”
HARDEN SITSRookie guard James Harden, the No. 3 overall pick, was told before the game he would not play against the Heat. "It’s just part of the rotation,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "I wanted to get a look at Shaun (Livingston) and Kyle (Weaver). James has had three good games with good minutes. I wanted to give him a rest tonight. And he had a great workout this afternoon.”
TULSA TIMESome players at Wednesday’s game — Byron Mullens, Serge Ibaka, D.J. White or Weaver — will return to Tulsa at various points this season to play for the 66ers. The D-League season, though, doesn’t start until Nov. 27. "We’ll have all our guys for at least another month,” Brooks said. "All our guys are a big part of our team regardless if they go down to the D-League. We love the fact that they’re helping us right now, making our practices very good.”
READY FOR FOOTBALL?Durant, Ibaka and Jeff Green will participate in the pregame coin toss at 7 p.m. Friday as Westmoore visits Edmond Memorial in a high school football game at Wantland Stadium.
FAST BREAKMiami star Dwyane Wade, who finished third in last year’s MVP balloting, sat out for the second consecutive game with a strained ribcage muscle. ... DeVon Hardin, a second-round pick in 2008, attended the game Wednesday and will play for the 66ers this season. ... Nenad Krstic, returning from a sinus infection, played nine minutes, all in the first half. ... Etan Thomas collected 130 tickets for Monday’s game (40 for his church, 30 for Tulsa Washington High School varsity and junior varsity teams, 20 for a list provided by his mother and another 40 for family and friends)... The Thunder bused to Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon and returned to Oklahoma City after the game. It’s a rarity to bus in the NBA, but one time last season, the Thunder bused from Sacramento to Oakland.