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OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins reacts to lineup change at Miami

Perkins played his fewest minutes since January 2006, his third NBA season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 30, 2014

Thunder coach Scott Brooks' decision to alter his starting lineup for the second half resulted in center Kendrick Perkins playing a season-low five minutes Wednesday at Miami. Perkins did not check back in after being subbed out in the middle of the opening quarter.

It was the fewest minutes Perkins has played since January 2006, his third NBA season.

After the game, Perkins did not speak to reporters and was not seen in the locker room. But on Thursday afternoon, he took to Twitter to post a message that most likely revealed his feelings about Brooks' decision.

“What's good my peeps? Great team win. Whatever it takes. Sacrificing is what good teams do. When my name is called I'll be ready. 9 in a row,” Perkins wrote.

Before Wednesday night, Perkins had played his best basketball this season in January. He was averaging 5.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and supplying excellent low-post defense.



For as ugly as the Thunder's start was Wednesday at Miami, Kevin Durant never had a doubt that his team could get back in the game after trailing 22-4 in the first six minutes.

“It's the first quarter. We just got to keep fighting,” Durant said when asked where his thoughts were during the Heat's run. “A lot of people thought it was over for us, but nobody on that sideline thought it was over. We just had to keep fighting, keep plugging away. We couldn't shoot an 18-point shot. We just had to take it a possession at a time, and that's what we did and we got back into the game.”

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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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