Thunder Need To Sign The Orkin Man

By Randy Renner

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to reach out to gain big new corporate sponsors. The team signed Continental Resources the other day, the company that's owned by the richest man in Oklahoma, Harold Hamm.

But the most important guy remains unsigned and the Thunder apparently need to sign The Orkin Man to a lifetime guaranteed contract and pronto because the team has an infestation of injury bugs.

Reggie Jackson is the latest victim of an injury bug bite, going down with what was described as a wrist injury in the third quarter of Friday night's preseason win in Dallas.

Jackson was fully checked out Saturday by team doctors here in Oklahoma City and was diagnosed with just a right wrist contusion, no breaks or torn ligaments so that at least is some good news. Reggie is officially being listed as day-to-day.

Just the game before the Thunder lost promising rookie forward Mitch McGary for six weeks or so with a broken bone in his left foot.

The team had already been dealing with a strained quad on Kendrick Perkins that has kept him out of action all of training camp so far and more minor injuries to Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison and Perry Jones. Third team point guard Sebastian Telfair didn't play Friday night because of a sprained thumb and camp signee Richard Soloman has also missed significant time with back spasms.

It all adds up to a troubling start to what appears to be a very promising season if the Thunder can just get Orkin Man, the Thunder need you.

Adams & Lamb Shine In Dallas Win

As far as basketball is concerned the Thunder beat the Mavs Friday night 118-109 and Steven Adams had another impressive game and Jeremy Lamb bounced back nicely from his disaster in Denver.

Adams scored 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting following up his 15-point game in Denver on 7-for-8 shooting. Adams also added five rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Lamb, after going a horrific 1-for-14 Wednesday night in Denver, scored 19 points on 6-for-15 shooting. He also did a great job on the glass with 11 rebounds.

Thunder free agent signee Anthony Morrow showed his excellent shooting touch with 21 points (4-for-7 on threes) and he hit a big three late in the game to seal the win.

The Thunder will host their first home preseason game on Tuesday night when Memphis comes to town.

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