OKC Thunder center Kendrick Perkins out six weeks with groin injury

by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 25, 2014

Kendrick Perkins will miss up to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a strained left groin.

The Thunder’s starting center sustained the injury early in the third quarter of last Thursday’s home loss to Miami.

Should he miss the entire six weeks, Perkins would be sidelined until approximately April 9, when the Thunder plays a road game against Sacramento. He would miss 20 games.

The team is expected to be extremely cautious with Perkins and allow him the most time possible to recover. The goal is to have Perkins healed in time for the playoffs.

The Thunder recently took a similar approach with starting point guard Russell Westbrook, who missed 27 games after chronic swelling in his surgically-repaired right knee required a third surgery in late December. But groin injuries are notorious for lingering and becoming worse if not handled properly.

Additionally, this is the second known bout with a groin injury that Perkins has had. He played through a partially torn right groin during the 2012 playoffs, sustaining the injury in the first round against Dallas before dealing with discomfort all the way through the NBA Finals. Perkins underwent surgery for that injury shortly after the Finals.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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