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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha out 4-6 weeks with strained calf

By on 3/02/2014 06:06:00 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without their starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha for the next "4-6 weeks" with a strained calf. An MRI revealed a rather severe strain, given the lengthy timetable for recovery, according to Darnell Mayberry. He is expected to avoid surgery.

Sefolosha suffered the injury in the first quarter on Friday night against the Grizzlies. Perry Jones will start tonight against the Bobcats, with Jeremy Lamb and newly acquired Caron Butler expected to get a lot of opportunities off the bench.

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"We're probably going to be without him for a while [4-6 weeks]" said GM Sam Presti following the MRI
With only 23 games remaining on the schedule for the Thunder, it is possible he will sit out for the remainder of the regular season. But if his recovery process goes as scheduled, OKC should anticipate him to be back in time for the playoffs.

In 55 games this season, Sefolosha is averaging 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 26.4 minutes per game.

With Sefolosha now out and center Kendrick Perkins who recently underwent groin surgery (expected to be out six weeks) the Thunder will need some of their bench players to step it up.

Oklahoma City remains atop of the Western Conference with a record of 44-15. 


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