Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha has now missed three straight games with a sore right foot and said his return date remains unknown.
"It's not great, so we're still probably going to take it day-by-day," Sefolosha said after the Thunder's 101-94 victory over Memphis at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday night. "We're going to wait four or five days to see exactly what it is. It's a tendon in the foot. It just takes a little while to heal. I was playing on it, so now we want to be a little cautious."
Sefolosha was seen taking extra shots at the end of Friday morning's shootaround, but they were set shots, not jumpers.
Before this season, Sefolosha had missed just three starts due to injury since joining the Thunder in Feb. 19, 2009.
"It's not the toughest injury I've had, but it's the foot," Sefolosha said. "If I'm playing on one foot, there's no point. At Golden State (the previous Friday), coach tried to put me back in and I just couldn't run on it. There's really no point of me being out there if I can't even run."
Though it is highly unlikely Sefolosha will play in OKC's upcoming five-game road trip, he will still travel with the team to receive treatment from the team's medical staff.
Roughly 90 minutes before tipoff, Memphis guard and former Oklahoma State standout Tony Allen bolted to the media buffet and bolted right back to his locker room.
"Y'all have no idea how terr-bull my food was at the hotel," Allen said, sounding like Charles Barkley and drawing laughter.
FREE THROW UPDATE
The Thunder entered Friday's game as the league leader in free-throw percentage (.798), but had dipped below 80 percent for the first time in four seasons. The percentage dipped a bit after going 26 for 33 (.788) against the Grizzlies.
Oddly enough, OKC ranks last in the league in free-throw percentage defense (.783), though there is no such thing as FT defense. Memphis shot 16 for 20 (.800).
NBA.com voters chose the Thunder's game at Golden State on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. as the NBA TV Fan Night matchup. Fan Night voting for the following week will give voters a choice from Utah at Thunder; Miami at Indiana; New York at Toronto; Sacramento at Chicago and Washington at Portland. … Memphis got off an astounding 30 shots in the first quarter. For the rest of the game, they averaged 19 shots per quarter. … More rebounding woes for OKC, which was out-rebounded 39-35, including 15-10 at the offensive end — and this is without Memphis monster Zach Randolph. … The Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 24-9 on second-chance points and 50-38 inside the paint. Memphis also led 12-2 in fast-break points at one time, but OKC scored the final 10 fast-break points of the game to draw even. … The Thunder shot 61.1 percent (11 for 18) from the field and 57.1 percent (4 for 7) from 3-point range while outscoring the Grizzlies 32-17 in the final quarter. Memphis shot 27.8 percent from the field.
Friday's home game against Memphis started the first of three straight back-to-back games for the Thunder, which is at San Antonio on Saturday, at Portland on Monday, at Golden State on Tuesday, at Sacramento on Thursday and at Utah on Friday. OKC's next home game is Feb. 14 against Utah.
Coming off four games in five days, the Spurs did not practice Friday and will not have a shootaround in preparation for Saturday's 7 p.m. game against OKC.
"This is a crazy season and it's taking a lot out of a lot of people," San Antonio power forward Tim Duncan said after Thursday's victory over New Orleans. "Any rest is good rest. I don't think we're going to lose much in just a day so it's good to get some rest under our belt because there's a lot of games coming up and knowing the kind of season that's ahead of us."
Brooks, on his team's upcoming five-game road trip after a weeklong, three-game road trip: "It was a little tough to just be home for a day and a half. You get a chance to give your daughter about a two- or three-minute hug. Your son says 'Hey, Dad,' and moves on and gives you no love. And your wife wants you to do 17 different things like I just got off a vacation … All of us married men are all the same."