Thabo Out Tomorrow and Maybe Beyond
Thunder shooting guard and defensive whiz Thabo Sefolosha is officially being listed as day-to-day with a strained left calf muscle but in reality it will likely be several days before he's back on the floor.
Sefolosha will have an MRI to further determine how bad his injury is.
"We'll know more after the MRI, but he's definitely out for tomorrow," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks told reporters today after practice.
The Thunder, still trying to stop the slippage on their defense, will go forward for now without their two best defenders in Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins.
Perkins is expected to miss another five weeks or so with a strained groin he injured against Miami and Sefolosha was in obvious discomfort when he left the court last night in the first half.
"We still have enough guys and we still have options," Brooks said. He wouldn't say who will start in place of Sefolosha tomorrow night against Charlotte. It could by Andre Roberson who has started before when Thabo had to miss a game, or it could be Perry Jones III. Jones started in Sefolosha's spot last night to start the second half.
It would appear swing man Caron Butler is arriving in Oklahoma City just in time. He should clear waivers later this afternoon and then is expected to sign a deal with the Thunder.
Butler, at 6-7, can play at shooting guard or small forward and with Sefolosha out for at least a couple of games, he may very well step into a larger role than had been envisioned just 24 hours ago.
"I'm not gonna go there," Brooks said when asked about Butler, "Good try though."
The Thunder will host Charlotte Sunday at 6pm and Scotty should be more than willing to talk about Butler then.