Thabo Sefolosha left Friday night’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies with a strained left calf. Sefolosha missed last night’s game vs. the Bobcats and it was announced before the game that he would be out at least a month.
Presti said an MRI confirms a calf strain on Thabo Sefolosha and “we’re probably going to be without him for a while.” Says 4-6 weeks.
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That makes two Thunder starters expected to be out for at least another month in Thabo and Kendrick Perkins.
Steven Adams has been starting in place of Perkins and last night, Perry Jones started in place of Sefolosha.
The Thunder are obviously going extra big with Jones and Kevin Durant starting on the wing. Earlier this season when Sefolosha missed a few games, it was rookie Andre Roberson who started in place of him.
The Thunder signed Caron Butler over the weekend. He has yet to suit up for the Thunder but he will surely also be an option to start for Sefolosha.
While Jones or Roberson would definitely never take Sefolosha’s spot for good, it does feel like there may be a chance Butler could. If Butler can provide solid defense and be a consistent outside shooter, he may very well be a more productive option than Sefolosha. Scott Brooks may be more inclined to use Butler off the bench to give the Thunder a boost from the pine.
The Thunder will play next at home vs. the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.