Thunder Notebook: Starting lineup

Oklahoman Published: October 27, 2008

/> "The season is so long. You have situations you have to play. You have to fight through it. Sometimes when you play through it, I think you actually heal quicker than just sitting around... The hardest thing has been getting my rhythm. It will be a process. I’ll just work hard every day.”

Welcome back
Veteran forward Joe Smith played with a mask in the preseason finale. "Joe playing the other night was really significant,” Carlesimo said. "He’s so far ahead of schedule when he first fractured his nose and had to get used to a mask... It was good for him to get in a game with the mask on.”

Opening game plan
With several players nursing injuries, Carlesimo and his staff haven’t implemented a game plan for the Bucks. "Maybe we’ll wait until Tuesday,” Carlesimo said. "We’re more concerned with getting everyone some reps.”

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