• The Thunder come in off a 109-97 win against the Clippers in Los Angeles last night, but coach Scott Brooks isn’t worried about fatigue for stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook — with good reason. Durant is second in the league at 39.7 minutes per game and Westbrook not far off at 36.5. Veteran big Nick Collison — at 32 the Thunder’s only player not in his 20s — might be another matter after clocking 41 minutes Tuesday. “That’s two games for him, the minutes that he played last night,” Brooks allowed. “But I talked to him this morning and a few minutes ago. He feels pretty good.”
  • Warriors coach Mark Jackson took one last chance to stump for Golden State’s two All-Star candidates — point guard Stephen Curry and power forward David Lee — in advance of the reserves’ unveiling tomorrow night. “If justice truly prevails, those guys will be in the All-Star game,” Jackson said. “If they are not, I question the coaches who are deciding with their votes.”
  • Jackson, who famously promised the Warriors would reach the playoffs last season before slumping to a 23-43 finish, said he hadn’t put a number on his hopes for the first half of this season, which ends tonight for 25-15 Golden State. “What I wanted most was for my guys to be healthy,” Jackson said. “I wanted Steph Curry to be at 100 percent. I thought he deserved it. I thought he deserved the opportunity to show folks the type of player that he was at 100 percent. I wanted David Lee to be part of a winning situation so that people could finally understand just how good he has been throughout his career.”

– Geoff Lepper

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