Thunder notes: Fresh faces like Sacramento, Phoenix on schedule

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: December 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm •  Published: December 16, 2010
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INJURY UPDATE

Starting center Nenad Krstic (lower back strain) worked on the treadmill during Thursday's practice and took some shooting practice afterward. His status remains day-to-day.

Forward Jeff Green, who missed seven games earlier this year with a severely sprained left ankle, said he still receives treatments on the ankle and on both knees, "but there's nothing's wrong. It just helps prevent you from further injuries down the line."

Asked if a sprained ankle ever fully heals during a season, Green said, "I don't know, but it's been feeling great these past couple games. I haven't even been thinking about it, so I guess that's a plus."

BRIEFLY

After hitting 7 of 11 3-pointers against Houston, the Thunder has climbed out of the league cellar in 3-point shooting percentage and is now tied for 26th with Washington (32.8). … Still on a record-setting pace, the Thunder leads the league in free-throw percentage by 4.6 percent over New York (85.8 to 81.2). The NBA single-season record is 83.2 percent by Boston in 1989-90. Last season, OKC shot 80.5 percent from the line which ranks 33rd all-time.

QUOTABLE

"I don't know if 'easier' is the right word. I think it's enjoyable to watch and to coach knowing that guys work hard on their games and to see them get rewarded with their effort." — Brooks, when asked if it's easier to coach when his team's shots are falling.