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Thunder Notebook: Starting lineup

Oklahoman Published: October 27, 2008
Coach P.J. Carlesimo hasn’t decided on a starting lineup for Wednesday night’s season opener. Injuries will be a factor. Forward Chris Wilcox practiced Sunday but isn’t 100 percent. Forward Nick Collison (hyperextended knee) couldn’t practice. Backup center Robert Swift was limited.

"In terms of getting stuff in, we’re in pretty good shape,” Carlesimo said. "The defense is a lot further along than the offense. But the biggest concern is our health. If we were in better condition, better shape physically, I’d feel pretty good. The guys that are OK are ready to play. We just have too many guys either dinged up or significantly hurt.”

Playing with pain
Veteran point guard Earl Watson suffered a broken bone in his shooting hand during the off-season and has been hampered the past week with a strained calf.

"It will be awhile for my hand to get right,” Watson said. "Doctors say it won’t be normal for about a year after that type of injury. The calf muscle is like fool’s gold. It feels good. Then after running 15 to 20 minutes it feels like someone hits your leg with a baseball bat.

"The season is so long.


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