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MAITLAND, Fla. - A trio of Thunder players with extensive injury histories put the power of modern medicine on display in Oklahoma City's 94-82 Summer League Basketball win over Boston.

Shaun Livingston, D.J. White and DeVon Hardin weren't the stars, and those days might be behind them now, but all started and were instrumental in a victory.

It was a development they would love to see continue as their careers with the Thunder continue.

White, a power forward who broke his foot as a sophomore at Indiana, hit his first five shots thanks to an impressive mid-range jumper that should help him stick in the NBA.

Hardin showed great explosiveness on numerous dunks and blocks, trying to rebound from losing his junior season at Cal to a stress fracture in his left foot.

Both said they're back at 100 percent, just working on conditioning and strength in the hopes of becoming contributors in Oklahoma City.

Livingston had suffered a nasty knee injury, snapping his left leg laterally.

It dislocated his knee cap and damaged every one of his cruciate ligaments.

Livingston, who said he refuses to watch any replays of the injury, was the No. 4 pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.

He knifed into the paint and finished despite contact. He battled for rebounds and stayed in front of the guys he was checking defensively.

He still considers himself a lead guard but understands that he can find minutes at either wing spot, teaming with Russell Westbrook and Kyle Weaver. That's what happened Wednesday, creating problems for an overmatched Boston entry.

"It allows coaches to experiment," Livingston said of his versatility. "I'm not necessarily a better scoring guard than I am a playmaker, but I feel I have the ability to create mismatches by having two point guards on the floor. His (Westbrook's) athleticism is undeniable, and he creates mismatches as well. I feel like I can be a beneficiary of it and by helping him improve. I think we can complement each other well."

Livingston says he's 90 percent to 95 percent, needing only to work on his explosiveness and getting his wind back.

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