Though OKC guard Thabo Sefolosha remains day-to-day with a sore right foot, he could return to action for Tuesday night's home game against Utah, barring a setback.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks confirmed Sefolosha will not lose his starting role due to injury.
“I like Thabo as a starter,” said a smiling Brooks. “Yeah, he's the starter. Right away? Who knows? We have to see where his conditioning is. If he's totally healthy? Absolutely. We hope that he feels better every day.”
Sefolosha received treatment throughout the entire five-game road trip and said the foot is feeling much better, but he still was not healthy to even attempt to play to his standards.
More than half of Brooks' pregame interviews centered on his team's turnover woes. OKC ranks last in the NBA, averaging 17.0 turnovers.
“It's definitely talked about how we can cut down our turnovers, to put ourselves in better positions,” Brooks explained. “Some of our turnovers are just across the board, just careless or forced – dribbling, making bad passes, sloppy. We have to just keep it simple and make the simple plays. We have to do that more consistently and not go for home-run plays and spectacular plays, but we're all growing tired of seeing it.”
Brooks was still tired of seeing it early in Friday night's game at Utah. The Thunder committed seven turnovers in the first quarter alone, resulting in eight Jazz points. Utah, meanwhile, committed just one turnover.
By halftime, OKC had 11 turnovers, yet led 49-44.
IN THE STARS
The Thunder's two All-Stars, forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook, are among the NBA's elite, yet lead their team in turnovers.
Entering Friday's game, Westbrook led the league with 118 turnovers. Durant had the fifth most with 97.Friday's box score: OKC 101, Utah 87