Although starting forward Jeff Green remains listed as â€œday-to-dayâ€ with a sprained left ankle, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Wednesday he does not fear the injury is more severe than originally diagnosed.
Green first sprained the ankle on Nov. 6 and then re-injured it when he returned to action last Sunday against San Antonio after missing eight days and three games. On both occasions, Green stepped on someone else's foot.
â€œThat usually happens once or twice a year to any of our guys,â€ Brooks said of the missteps. â€œIt's just unfortunate it happened to Jeff the same game in which he got back. He's getting better. (Wednesday) felt a lot better than yesterday. I don't see it being a long-term thing."
Green did not play in Wednesday night's 116-99 victory over Houston at Oklahoma City Arena.
Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was the Most Valuable Player at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey last summer, but Houston forward Luis Scola was the tournament's leading scorer at 27.1 per game.
Scola scored 16 of the Rockets' first 27 points and finished with a game-high 26. Durant had 24 points.
Thunder third-string point guard Royal Ivey, who has played in the last two games, always seems to be wearing a smile. He says it comes naturally.
Asked if it was difficult to smile given the 4-6 record of the Texas football team, the former Longhorn (smiled) and said, â€œNah, I played for the Texas basketball team.â€
This was the first non-sellout at home this season, drawing a crowd of 17,509 (18,203 capacity). â€¦ The Thunder bench of Nick Collison, James Harden, Eric Maynor and D.J. White shot a combined 15 of 25 from the floor and scored 40 points. â€¦ The Thunder missed 28 shots in the first half, and 14 of them were from inside the paint. OKC finished at 50.0 percent from the field, the third time in four games it has shot 50.0 percent or better. â€¦ The Thunder has 16 back-to-back games scheduled this year. The third comes Friday and Saturday in Boston and Milwaukee.