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OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins picks up another technical in loss to Heat

If his latest infraction holds up, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is again one technical foul away from an automatic one-game suspension.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 4, 2012

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is again one technical foul away from an automatic one-game suspension.

That is, of course, if his latest infraction holds up.

Perkins was called for a technical foul with 5:45 remaining in the second quarter after committing a hard foul against Miami guard Dwyane Wade as the Heat All-Star drove to the basket. It was Perkins' 12th technical foul this season. Under NBA rules, a player shall be suspended for one game when he reaches 13 technical fouls. Every other technical after a player's 13th will result in another one-game suspension.

Unofficially, however, Perkins has had three technical fouls rescinded this season.

The contact made by Perkins on Wednesday knocked Wade to the floor, and Perkins' hand came down on Wade's face at the end of the play.

If Perkins does reach 13 technical fouls in the final 12 games, the count will reset once the playoffs begin.

DURANT NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Kevin Durant has been named the Western Conference Player of the Month for March, the NBA announced Wednesday.

It's Durant's second consecutive Player of the Month honor.

He led the Thunder to an 11-5 record with averages of 27.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Durant also recorded three double-doubles in the month and scored 40 points with 17 rebounds in a double-overtime win against Minnesota on March 23.

COOK RETURNS

After missing seven consecutive games, the first six because of a mild MCL sprain, Daequan Cook returned to the lineup Wednesday against Miami.

Cook scored three points on 1-for-2 shooting and pulled down one rebound in four minutes. Cook started the second quarter and played all of his minutes at the start of the period.

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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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