FALLING LIKE FLIES
Since Christmas, six of the Thunder's nine opponents were missing key contributors.
Denver was without Carmelo Anthony on Dec. 25, New Jersey guard Anthony Morrow was injured on Dec. 29, Atlanta played without Marvin Williams on Dec. 31, Memphis was without O.J. Mayo on Jan. 4, Dallas didn't have Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler on Jan. 6 and Houston had its leading scorer, Kevin Martin, in street clothes Wednesday.
Brooks, though, said he doesn't consider the trend a streak of good fortune.
“I don't look at it either way,” Brooks said. “Whoever we play, we play. It all works itself out. If you relax and say, ‘This guy's not playing, we can take it easy,' that's not the case.”
The Thunder was 4-1 in the five games before Wednesday's at Houston. The lone loss was at Memphis.
Thunder guard James Harden had his left fingers examined multiple times by the team's medical staff before to the game. The severity of the potential ailment is unclear, and it's unknown how or when Harden might have sustained an injury. Harden played a shade over 21 minutes Wednesday, scoring eight points but missing all three of his shot attempts. …Jeff Green was knocked to the floor and had to be taken out of the game with 10:19 left in the third quarter when Rockets forward Luis Scola swung his arms into Green's head. Green missed 8 minutes, 3 seconds before returning late in the third quarter. …The Thunder had seven turnovers in the first half but finished with just 13…Cole Aldrich, currently on assignment with the Tulsa 66ers, scored 19 points with seven blocked shots, both season-highs, Wednesday against Dakota.