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OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins' quick fouls lead to early playing time for Steven Adams

Oklahoma City’s already altered lineup took an even different look eight minutes into Sunday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
by Ryan Aber and Anthony Slater Published: May 25, 2014

Oklahoma City’s already altered lineup took an even different look eight minutes into Sunday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

In the span of 20 seconds early in the Thunder’s eventual 106-97 win, center Kendrick Perkins was called for illegal screen fouls on back-to-back possessions.

The first, Perkins grabbed Tim Duncan as Russell Westbrook laid the ball in.

A few moments later, Perkins set a pick for Kevin Durant on Manu Ginobili and was called for his third foul overall.

The foul sent Perkins to the bench for the remainder of the half and brought on Steven Adams.

Adams, no stranger to quick foul trouble himself, stayed composed. He didn’t pick up his first foul until the final four minutes of the half, when he’d already played nearly nine minutes.

Adams didn’t pick up his second foul until midway through the fourth quarter.


With just less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Derek Fisher sank a 3-pointer from the side that put the Thunder up 26-22.

Boris Diaw, defending the shot, raked his fingernails on Fisher’s head, drawing blood.

After Ginobili hit a 3-pointer on the other end, Fisher had to leave the game and go to the locker room where it took six stitches to close the wound.

Fisher returned the game with a little more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Fisher’s absence led to extended first-half minutes for Jeremy Lamb.

Lamb played the entire second quarter, although he didn’t play in the second half until the Thunder had the game in the bag.

Lamb scored four points but struggled on Ginobili defensively in the quarter. Ginobili scored 11 of his 23 points in the second.


After turning the ball over just five times combined in the first two games of the series, Spurs veteran Tony Parker struggled to keep possessions at times in Game 3.

Parker turned the ball over four times, including twice in less than a minute in the first half as the Thunder reeled off eight consecutive points and took the lead for good.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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'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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