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With injuries on Monday to Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb, the Oklahoma City Thunder will take just nine healthy players to start the season when they tipoff against Portland at 9:30 central time on Wednesday night.

It's the first of back-to-back games to start the season, as OKC plays at the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday at 9:30.

Jackson and Lamb won't be making the trip west, so OKC will have only nine available players for those two games.

On Tuesday, head coach Scott Brooks named the starting lineup for the opener:   Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Steven Adams, Perry Jones, and Serge Ibaka.

Adams has earned the starting nod at center over veteran Kendrick Perkins and says he's much more comfortable this season and ready to take on the best post players in the NBA.

Brooks says he'll have to juggle the minutes among his nine players, and hopes the team can stay out of foul trouble.

He also says they'll have to do all the fundamental things well in these first two games on the road with only nine players.

Brooks says Jackson and Lamb will be re-evaulated once the team returns home after the two-game road trip.

Jackson twisted his right ankle on Monday, while Lamb injured his back.

The Thunder play their first home game on Saturday night at 7:00 against Denver.