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Thunder notebook: OKC looks to start new streak

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: January 4, 2010 at 4:42 am •  Published: January 4, 2010
Oklahoma City’s 103-97 road loss to Milwaukee on Saturday night ended a season-long five-game winning streak, the most consecutive games the Thunder franchise has won since the 2004-05 season. But the mood of the locker room remained positive following the surprising setback against a Bucks team that entered the game having lost four straight games and 15 of their past 19.

The Thunder visits Chicago tonight, the first of four straight games OKC plays against teams with losing records. Oklahoma City won a 109-108 overtime decision in Chicago last season, and players sounded confident they would bounce back against the Bulls.

"That’s one good thing about this team is we’ve only been outworked maybe a couple of times this year,” said Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison.

Thabo Sefolosha has been slowed over the past week with a case of plantar fasciitis of his right foot. The Thunder’s starting shooting guard has played at least 30 minutes in each of the past four games, but the injury flared up during Saturday’s game at Milwaukee. Sefolosha nursed his foot on the bench for a long stretch in the second-half.

"It’s just painful at the bottom of the foot,” Sefolosha said. "It’s not too bad. It’s just after a little while, running on it, you get cold on the bench and have to warm it up again. I’m going to be fine.”

Russell Westbrook iced his ribs immediately following the Milwaukee game after landing hard on his right side after going up for an offensive rebound in the first half against the Bucks.