Thunder notebook: Nick Collison returns from ankle injury

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 30, 2011
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Thunder power forward Nick Collison, who missed Tuesday night's 115-114 overtime victory at home over Golden State, was activated for Wednesday night's contest at Phoenix.


Good thing he was available, too. OKC starting center Kendrick Perkins picked up his second foul with 6:12 remaining in the first quarter and was replaced by Collison.

ROBINSON'S RESPECT

Reserve guard Nate Robinson said he “still has some work to do” before his game is back to form following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee March 4. He was activated Tuesday.

During his time on the sideline, Robinson said he quickly built an appreciation for his new teammates.

“They play so hard it reminds me of going to a gym and playing in a pickup game,” Robinson said. “You don't want to lose. You want to stay on the court all day, have the bragging rights, and that's how they play every night. That's special. That's something a lot of teams in this league don't have.”

HARDEN HARDLINE

With second-year reserve guard James Harden playing well and returning to the area where he played collegiately at Arizona State, Thunder coach Scott Brooks was peppered with questions about the former Sun Devil.