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OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins, Reggie Jackson return

Both Thunder players will play on a minutes restriction.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 3, 2014
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As the NBA playoffs near, the Thunder is beginning to get healthy.

On Thursday against the Spurs, Kendrick Perkins returned from a 17-game absence, playing 11 minutes in OKC’s 106-94 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Reggie Jackson was also back, scoring 14 points in 30 minutes after a two-game absence because of a mid-back sprain.

But Perkins is the one to monitor moving forward. Before the game, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said Perkins would initially be limited to around 10-12 minutes per game and be rested during one game of each back-to-back.

“It’s going to take a while for him to get his legs under him, but we’re excited to have him,” Brooks said.

Perkins and Russell Westbrook will sit against the Rockets on Friday in Houston.

And Thabo Sefolosha, according to Brooks, is still a little bit away from his return from a calf strain.

“He went through a few things in our practice yesterday,” Brooks said. “Soon, we will have everybody back heading into the playoffs.”

UCONN FATIGUE

As Kevin Durant prepared to field questions from the media at Thursday morning’s shootaround, Caron Butler, Jeremy Lamb and Hasheem Thabeet strolled behind the gathering with wide grins followed by a loud chant.

“U-C-O-N-N,” the trio shouted, a purposefully obnoxious ode to their former college that is currently in the Final Four.

A Durant eyeroll immediately followed, hinting at an annoyance that has been the UConn trash talk that’s been filling the Thunder locker room of late.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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