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Friday, February 21, 2014

Thunder's Kendrick Perkins strains groin against the Heat

By on 2/21/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were blown out by the Miami Heat last night by the score of 103-81. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Thunder, who are 43-13 on the season. Even with the loss, the Thunder are in first place in the Northwest Division, six games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers. During the game, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins sustained an injury early on and did not return.

 Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
Ira Winderman, who covers the Heat for the South Florida SunSentinel, tweeted the following on Perkins' status.
Perkins injured his groin in a collision and although he walked back to the locker room under his own power, did not return to the game. The severity of the injury is currently unknown. In eight minutes, Perkins did not score and had only one rebound. The Thunder went with a smaller lineup after the injury. Steven Adams was the only center to see any time, and he made a cameo appearance, playing just two minutes.

It is not certain what lineup the Thunder will use against the Clippers on Sunday, should Perkins be unable to go.  Perkins is in his 11th NBA season.  His best season was in 2009-2010 when he averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.  In 54 games this season, Perkins is averaging 3.4 points and five rebounds per game.


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