Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-12-02

The Thunder might be hitting their first rough patch of the season, and it has nothing to do with their opponents or the schedule. Injuries have begun to pile up recently, so much so that Oklahoma City suited up only nine players Sunday against Houston.

Starting center Nenad Krstic joined the list of walking wounded, along with forward Nick Collison, and guards Kevin Ollie, Shaun Livingston and Kyle Weaver. Krstic is dealing with a sore Achilles and was replaced in the lineup by Etan Thomas.

Krstic is officially listed as day-to-day, and the Thunder caught somewhat of a break against the Rockets, who used 6-foot-6 Chuck Hayes in the middle. Thomas is 6-10 and is better equipped to match Hayes in terms of strength and agility.

Collison, a key part of the frontline rotation, has a sore leg. As for the guards, Weaver was scheduled to undergo surgery on his shoulder Monday, and Ollie needs minor surgery on his knee, according to coach Scott Brooks. Livingston is back at practice after surgery but isn't ready to resume playing.

ROCKETS 100, THUNDER 91: Oklahoma City squandered an early 10-point lead and a chance to move three games over .500 with Sunday night's home loss to Houston. The Thunder (9-8) didn't help themselves with 20 turnovers and 1-for-20 shooting from beyond the arc.

Kevin Durant paced OKC with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Russell Westbrook added 20, but he matched his four assists with as many giveaways. Jeff Green was the only Thunder player in double figures.

Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry each had 21 points for Houston, with Brooks scoring 18 in the second half. They scored 15 of the team's last 20 points as the Rockets took the lead for good with 5:12 left.

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Added: December 2, 2009