Thunder Notebook: Nick Collison suffers broken finger

Oklahoman Modified: March 17, 2009 at 4:49 am •  Published: March 17, 2009
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Collison suffers broken finger
Playing with a broken left thumb the past two months, the Thunder’s Nick Collison suffered a chipped fracture in his middle finger on his right (shooting) hand Monday vs. San Antonio. He sustained the injury while blocking a shot and slapped the backboard. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter.

Team officials said Collison will play Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls unless the pain is too severe.

"I’m going to try a splint in practice (today) and see how it feels,” Collison said. "I’m not 100 percent sure, but I hope I will be able to play.”

TURNOVER IMPROVEMENT
The Thunder, last in the NBA in turnovers, finished with only 12 turnovers against the Spurs. Oklahoma City only had three in the final 2 1/2 quarters, zero in the fourth quarter.

"Saturday night (in) Phoenix, we played hard, but it was sloppy,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Tonight, we played hard, but we did a good of taking care of the ball, especially in the second half.”

HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
The Thunder has struggled on the road but is 12-6 in the Ford Center since New Year’s Eve.

Of the six losses, three were buzzer-beaters (Chris Paul and two by Carmelo Anthony). Another was a two-point loss to Houston. The other two were fourth-quarter heroics by MVP candidates Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant

"This crowd is unbelievable,” said Kevin Durant. "During the fourth quarter, I was trying to talk to Thabo (Sefolosha), and he couldn’t hear me. That’s always a good sign.”

DEFENSIVE MOMENTUM
Improved defense helped Oklahoma City go 5-2 without Durant.


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