By Randy Renner
It only takes five guys to play a basket all game and at the rate they're going the Thunder may run out of able bodies sometime in the second half of Friday's game with Memphis.
Last night the Thunder lost another game, this time 100-88 in Toronto, but more important and more troubling for the Thunder is they lost at least another player to injury.
Perry Jones banged knees with the Raptors Patrick Patterson and had to leave the game. It was Jones' right knee, the same one he's had trouble with since college and the same one he had scoped over the summer.
Reggie Jackson, who's only been back a couple of games since spraining an ankle, went down hard late in the game and may have hurt his wrist. Jackson was at least able to stay in the game.
"It feels like a nightmare," Jackson said of the ongoing injury epidemic, "and I'm ready to wake up."
Jackson at least did wake up when it came to playing the game. After being criticized after a terrible game Monday night in Brooklyn, Jackson bounced back Tuesday night. He got the ball moving and distributed it to his teammates to the tune of 14 assists, a career high for him. He also scored 13 points.
Serge Ibaka had his first double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds and Ibaka was as flustered as anyone when he saw yet another teammate have to be helped to the lockerroom.
"I was like, 'man what is going on here?"
Jones will be evaluated today in Oklahoma City, his playing status for Friday's game with Memphis is unclear for now but the way things are going you'd have to lean toward him not playing.
And if injuries weren't enough, with a shade less than two minutes to play third team point guard Sebastian Telfair was whistled for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected when he accidentally elbowed Tyler Hansbrough in the face.
So the Thunder began the game with eight players and finished it with just six.
"You've still got to play," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. "It's a five-on-five game and we still have five."
Yeah but for how long?