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Trans. Jun 13 4:46 ET (Jun 13 4:46 ET ) OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Lost in the flashiness of the Oklahoma City Thunder's offensive fireworks is soft-spoken forward Nick Collison, a steady hand on a young team playing for the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. The Thunder's series-opening 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday in the NBA Finals was vintage Collison: eight points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. On a night that Kevin Durant scores 36 and backcourt mate Russell Westbrook adds 27, hardly a word was spoken about Collison's vital contribution off the bench. ...
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Nick Collison (sprained ankle) was back in action vs. Utah on Tuesday, notching eight points in 11 minutes while making both of his 3-point attempts.
The Scoop:The 10-year veteran has five made 3-pointers in his entire career. He has a nice jumper and the Thunder may ask him to hedge toward the arc more this season, but we're not expecting a late-career renaissance as a stretch-PF. With a 15-minute role as a blue-collar defender, screen-setter and rebounder, there's not much to like about Collison's fantasy outlook.
The Scoop:Collison had arthroscopic knee surgery in June but he's since fully recovered, and his ankle injury sounds very minor. The 10-year veteran fills an important niche as a backup big man off the Thunder bench, but it's not a role that translates to fantasy value.
The Scoop:He had his knee scoped back in June and was never expected to miss time at training camp. Collison has been a staple in the OKC second unit, but his stats haven't jumped off the page in almost a decade. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Nick Collison has long been the kind of hardworking, won't-show-up-in-the-box-score-play-making contributor who sets Oklahoma City Thunder fans (and adjusted plus/minus acolytes ) hearts' aflame. The 33-year-old forward hasn't been a regular starter in six years, but when he gets his 15 to 20 minutes of floor time, he tends to give maximum effort, putting the proverbial blood, sweat and tears into his work on both ends of the floor. As you might remember, though, during the third quarter of the Thunder's April 3 home victory over the San Antonio Spurs — who would get their revenge a couple of months later before getting a second, far sweeter brand of vengeance — the blood went from "proverbial" to "pretty flippin' real," "pervasive" and "pouring out of his skull": Collison began losing vital fluid after being clocked in the head by the elbow of Spurs big man Jeff Ayres while vying for a rebound, but continued going about his business (naturally) until eventually the refs realized he was about four seconds away from sporting a Dusty Rhodes-style crimson mask and stopped play. Collison calmly sauntered over to the bench, sat down and bled some more while the trainers tried to clean him up; when they couldn't, Collison bled some more, stood up and calmly sauntered to the locker room to receive eight stitches . Collison later returned to the game (naturally) and all was well. You'd never know that he'd been lacerated and leaking mere minutes earlier ... well, unless you took a close look at his shoes, which had taken a little bit of splatter amid all that screen-setting and sauntering. Now, if you're in the market for an arguably gross but in arguably unique bit of memorabilia, you can win the right to take a closer look at the splatter whenever you want by bidding on those game-worn, autographed and, yes, blood-stained kicks as part of the Thunder Cares August Auction : Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Nick Collison wore these shoes during the April 3, 2014, Thunder home game against the San Antonio Spurs. During the game, Collison took a hit to the head, resulting in a cut that left several drops of blood on these shoes, which Collison later autographed. Check out the goods:
Sam Presti isn't worried about Mitch McGary's past issue with marijuana. ''He took accountability,'' Presti said. Oklahoma City might be looking toward the future at the power forward and center spots. Starting center Kendrick Perkins and reserve power forward Nick Collison are entering the last year of their deals.
The Scoop: None.
Jun 26 10:57 ET
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Thunder's Durant exits early with sprained ankle (AFP) (6 Hours Ago | courtesy: AFP) Kevin Durant's hot start was cold comfort when the Oklahoma City star limped out at halftime Thursday of the Thunder's 114-109 NBA loss to Golden State. Stephen Curry posted a game-high 34 points with nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals for Golden State. Six Warriors players scored in double figures as the team bounced back from a loss in Memphis on Tuesday that snapped their 16-game winning streak. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Durant seemed determined to remind the league-leading Warriors they can't expect to have things their own way in the Western Conference when he scored 16 points in the first quarter. More...