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.
DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T EVER GIVE UP
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.”
The Thunder flipped an 18-point deficit into a 25-point lead before walking away with the 17-point win.
NETS TURNAROUND STARTED AGAINST OKC
For the second straight year, the Thunder might have kick-started Brooklyn's turnaround.
Starting with their 95-93 upset victory over the Thunder inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Jan. 2, the Nets have gone 10-2 in their past 12 games. They were 10-21 in their first 31 games.
Last season, the Nets were 16-15 before they stole a 110-93 win in Oklahoma City. That performance ignited a seven-game winning streak and powered the Nets to wins in nine of their next 10 games.
Kevin Durant — “If you turn it on for just the top tier teams and you don't care about the teams whose records aren't that good, then you're not a real competitor in my book.”
The Tulsa 66ers will host the Los Angeles D-Fenders at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in a makeup game. The D-League teams were supposed to play Jan. 7, but that game was postponed due weather-related travel problems. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.