Shaquille O'Neal on the MVP race: “If you take LeBron (James) off that team, they're close to a regular team. But if you take Durant off Oklahoma City, then that becomes an expansion team. Westbrook is a good player, but he gets space because Durant is out there. You take Durant off them and all teams focus on him, and he would be forced to do other things.”
The league office rescinded the technical foul Perkins picked up at Miami on Wednesday after a hard foul on Heat guard Dwyane Wade and deemed it flagrant foul. Perkins now has 11 technical fouls, two away from an automatic one-game suspension. … Butler coach Brad Stevens sat in on the Thunder's shootaround Friday morning, watching alongside GM Sam Presti before chatting briefly with a handful of coaches afterward. … Perkins, Westbrook, Daequan Cook, Royal Ivey and Eric Maynor on Saturday afternoon are scheduled to lend a helping hand in renovating the home of a local senior citizen and her family. This is the fourth year that Thunder players have helped restore a home in conjunction with Rebuilding Together OKC.
The Thunder returns home for one game to face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. It's the first and only meeting of the season between the two teams. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.