OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins out for Friday night, Kevin Durant questionable

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — Thunder center Kendrick Perkins banged knees with a Houston player Wednesday night and will miss Friday night's game vs. Golden State.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: February 17, 2012 at 11:40 am •  Published: February 17, 2012
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At least two – and potentially three – Thunder starters will be missing from tonight's game against Golden State at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Two-time NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant missed Friday morning's shoot-around. "His stomach was a little weak," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels tonight."

Durant was seen in the practice facility roughly 30 minutes after the team had left.

Definitely out tonight are center Kendrick Perkins with a knee contusion and guard Thabo Sefolosha, who will miss his 11th straight start with a sore right foot.

Brooks said Perkins banged knees in the closing minutes of Wednesday night's 96-95 loss at Houston. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow (Saturday)."

Nazr Mohammed will start in place of Perkins, with Nick Collison in reserve, depending if Durant plays the 4 position.

"Everybody will get minutes, maybe extended minutes, depending how Kevin feels," Brooks said. "The way the Warriors play, they might give us the opportunity to play small."

Two seldom-used reserve players figure to see increased playing time in center Cole Aldrich and guard Royal Ivey, particularly with the Warriors' explosive backcourt featuring Monta Ellis, who erupted for a career-high 48 points in his last meeting against the Thunder on Feb. 7.



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