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Thunder notebook: Scoring in transition

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: February 27, 2010
Nick Collison (sprained knee) returned after sitting out Wednesday’s game. Earlier this season, Collison missed four games with a sprained knee, but this time there wasn’t any swelling.

"I think I kind of hyperextended it, a little sprain,” Collison said. "It was sore the next day in San Antonio. The day off in San Antonio and the day off (Thursday) helped.”


The Thunder once again got good news on the scoreboard. Portland and San Antonio both lost, and two of the three teams below Oklahoma City also lost. ESPN’s daily playoff projections list the Thunder as having a 95-percent chance of making the playoffs. Why so high? The Thunder is on pace to win 49 games. To reach 49, Houston would have to go 20-5 the remainder of the season, Memphis 20-4 and New Orleans 18-5.


Since he injured his right wrist in the first practice after the All-Star Game, Jeff Green has wrapped his wrist. On Friday, he wore a less constricting wrap.

"My feet were taken out from under me, and I landed on my wrist,” Green said of the original injury. "It’s getting better. I don’t want to fall on it again and injure it more, so I wear the wrap. It’s something that comes with the game when you play hard. I just have to play through it.”


The Thunder improved to 24-3 when scoring 100 points. ... Friday’s game was a sellout, the 16th in 28 home games. ... All fans in Loud City were given free Thunder rally towels. ... The Thunder debuted a new video for starting lineup introductions.