But that's also where the Perkins injury also negatively affects OKC.
It loses a piece of that flexibility. While typically a liability against small-ball teams like the Heat, Perkins' defense is valuable against scoring big men.
He's one of the best low post defenders in the game, shown by opponent's 40.2 shooting percentage near the rim against him, fifth lowest in the NBA among rotation players who contest at least three shots per game.
In the season's final 26 games, OKC plays Dwight Howard twice. Next week, the Thunder faces Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Memphis. And on Sunday, they're up against Chris Paul, the lightning quick Clippers point guard who abused Adams on the pick and roll earlier this season. Perkins missed that game, and the Thunder lost.
Can they survive against these bigger teams? Can they thrive now that coach Scott Brooks is forced to go more versatile?
We're about to find out.