“He's here getting treatment, working with our staff,” Brooks said. “There's really no updates other than he's here getting treatments and we'll see how he feels (Thursday) and then the next day after that.”
GAME 1 POSSIBILITIES
If the Los Angeles Lakers close out their series with Denver on Thursday night, Game 1 between the Thunder and Lakers will be played Saturday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena at 8:30 p.m. on TNT, the NBA announced Wednesday.
If the Lakers and Nuggets go to a seventh game, they will play Saturday in Los Angeles and push the Thunder's opening game of the second round back. The NBA has yet to announce when Game 1 between either the Nuggets or Lakers would be played, but it likely will be Monday night.
BACK AT PRACTICE
While the Thunder awaits the conclusion of the Lakers-Nuggets series, the team is enjoying its lengthiest hiatus of the season.
But practice sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday were designed to keep players sharp and prevent rust from setting in. Both practices involved scrimmaging, Brooks said, with Wednesday's practice including three games of 5-on-5 for eight-minute quarters.
“It was a great day,” Brooks said. “The guys really competed and they were spent after practice. That's what we wanted. We wanted (Wednesday) to be a very tough, physical practice and it was.”
Brooks said Thursday will be a recovery day.
“It's really unique to all of a sudden have six or seven days off,” said Nick Collison. “But we're making the most of it. We're getting good practices in but also able to mix in recovery days so you don't feel like you're pushing too hard and worry about losing your legs and things like that. So it's been good for us, and obviously with Perk's injury it's a bonus, too.”
TOO MUCH TIME OFF?
If the Thunder starts its second-round series Saturday, it will have had six days off between Game 4 against Dallas and Game 1 against the Lakers.
If the Thunder starts the next round Monday, it will have had eight days off between the closeout game against the Mavs and Game 1 against either the Lakers or Nuggets.
Too much time?
“It's always good to get some time off because you can rest,” Brooks said. “Everybody has aches and pains, and when you go through a season — any season, not just this shortened season this year — it's always a physical grind on your body mentally and physically. I think our guys needed it. We gave them a couple of days off and the last two days were really good.”
Brooks said he hasn't sensed boredom creeping in.
“There's time when you might have that,” he said. “But right now, I haven't experienced that with our group. Maybe in a couple of more days we might, but I think our last two practices were high-energy practices.”