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OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins suffers right hip injury, is day-to-day

Perkins' status is day to day. His absence means more playing time for Nazr Mohammed.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco. Published: May 5, 2012

Brooks is in the final season of his three-year contract.

Coincidentally, Carlisle also is unsigned.


Seated front row at midcourt was former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who was clearly cheering for the Mavericks despite once hailing from Henryetta and playing two years for the Oklahoma Sooners. … With 5:07 left in the first quarter Saturday, the Mavericks took their first lead since Game 2. The Thunder led wire-to-wire in its 95-79 victory in Game 3 on Thursday. … In Game 2, OKC converted 37 of 39 (.949) free throws. In Game 3, it made just 11 of 17 and began Game 4 making 1 of 3, for a stretch of 12 for 20 (.600). The Thunder finished 16 for 20 (.800) in Game 4. … During one stretch, OKC went with a lineup of Westbrook, James Harden, Derek Fisher, Daequan Cook and Nick Collison against a Dallas lineup that included 7-footers in Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood.


There is no way to know when the Thunder's second-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets series will begin, but the earliest it would begin is Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.


Harden, who had 15 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the comeback victory: “Well, we had a bad third quarter, going down 13, especially late in that third quarter. And usually we crumble, but we didn't crumble at all. In the fourth quarter we picked it up and just everybody made plays.”


Dallas sixth man Jason Terry: “Not our year. Take your hat off to them. They're a good young team. The balls were definitely bouncing their way. All season they played well. You have to give them credit for everything they did tonight.”


After his team's shootaround Saturday morning, Terry said: “We're going to push the envelope (tonight), whatever that means. We're going to go after it, man. I mean, what else do you have to lose? Do you want to end your season now and go on vacation, or do want to keep playing? I've got a lot of basketball left in me and I want to continue to play.”

Perhaps what Terry was referring to was him joining the starting lineup in Game 4 after starting just one regular-season game this year. Saturday potentially could have been Terry's last game with the Mavs. In his 13th season out of Arizona, Terry becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.