Perry Jones Back In Thunder Starting Lineup

Moments ago Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said he will again go with 6-10 forward Perry Jones III in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha tonight.

Brooks also started Jones Sunday night against Charlotte. "I just like what I've seen from him," Brooks said. "That's a position that will change some, I don't know how often. But I'm going with Perry tonight. I like his overall activity and his length on the defensive end."

The 76ers don't have a very good record (15-45, 14 straight losses) but they're very young and athletic and love to get out and run.

Jones has the length to disrupt some of what Philly likes to do on offense.

Caron Butler definitely will play tonight, maybe "15 to 24 minutes or so," Brooks said. And he said because Butler will be playing, some of the other guys who have gotten used to a certain amount of minutes, likely won't be getting as many of those any more.

"When you add a good player, somebody else won't play as much. It might be one player or it might be several. But on good teams like our everybody sacrifices."

Jeremy Lamb hasn't played as well lately as he had been earlier so he might be a prime candidate for a cutback in minutes but it also depends on how the game goes tonight. If the Thunder are rolling then you can expect all of the starters to spend all of the fourth quarter on the bench.

76ers head coach Brett Brown, a former assistant with the Spurs had some glowing things to say about former Oklahoma State All-American James Anderson who is starting for Philly.

"I just love him. He's a scorer, I wouldn't call him a shooter, I'd call him a scorer. At this stage of the season, we're lookin around for keepers as we go forward and James has been great."

Click back after the game for postgame reaction from inside the Thunder lockerroom.

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