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Kendrick Perkins getting 'close' to debut with the OKC Thunder

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: March 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm •  Published: March 9, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – It's been 12 days since Thunder general manager Sam Presti said newly acquired center Kendrick Perkins would be out 2-3 weeks with a sprained left knee.

That timetable has now dwindled to 2-9 days and means the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Perkins is two days away from technically being considered day-to-day.

Seven days in the NBA carries a broad spectrum. That certainly is the case for the Thunder, which plays five games in that time span – at home Friday against Detroit; at Cleveland on Sunday; at Washington on Monday; at Miami next Wednesday; at home against Charlotte a week from Friday.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks confirmed after this morning's shoot-around that Perkins will not play in tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers inside the Wells Fargo Center.

Brooks never speaks publicly about a player's return from an injury until that player has been cleared by the team's medical staff.

Asked if there was a chance Perkins could be cleared in time to play against the Pistons, Brooks smiled and said, "Let's put it this way, he's getting closer."

Closer, or close?

"Close," Brooks said, before mumbling "er."


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