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OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant finishes second for MVP

by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 12, 2012

PERKINS CONTINUES PROGRESSING

Kendrick Perkins participated in some pre-practice shooting with assistant coach Mark Bryant on Saturday but remains day-to-day while recovering from a right hip muscle strain.

Brooks, however, said it's possible that Perkins could partake in more activities at Sunday's practice in an attempt to rejoin the team for Game 1 of the second round Monday night after being forced to leave Game 4 against Dallas last Saturday.

Asked following Saturday's practice if Perkins will play Monday, Brooks said “As of right now, I do not know. We still have a few days from Monday. But he came in today feeling better. He came in today feeling good after (Friday's) treatment and rehab. (Sunday), we'll see how he feels after (Saturday's) work and just keep going day-to-day.”

Brooks said Perkins will be a game-time decision Monday.

Typically, Brooks prefers to see players practice at least once before they return to the lineup from injury. But the coach said that might not be necessary in this case.

“We will do enough to see (where he is),” Brooks said of Perkins. “He won't go on the court if he's not able to play. We won't put him in that position. But we prefer to have a practice, but if it's only a shootaround that's fine.”

GROWING SICK OF EACH OTHER

After seven days off, Thunder players are ready to see some new faces on the court.

“Today was chippy,” Brooks said of Saturday's practice. “Guys are ready. They're done seeing each other and competing against each other. They want to play another opponent…It was physical. They are tired of playing each other for the last seven days.”

In trying to manage the long layoff, Brooks has tried to mix in light, recovery days with longer, more intense sessions with scrimmages. Three of the days involved the longer, more intense practices. Veteran guard Derek Fisher even likened the schedule to training camp.

“Initially, we were planning on it being a light day,” Brooks said. “And then it got really competitive and intense and physical. And then I wanted to see how it was going to turn out. And then I cut it out at the very end because it was too much. But that's a good problem to have. A lot of coaches don't have that problem.”

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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MVP VOTING

Player, Team -- 1st -- 2nd -- 3rd -- 4th -- 5th -- Total Points

LeBron James, Miami -- 85 -- 25 -- 9 -- 1 -- 1 -- 1074

Kevin Durant, OKC -- 24 -- 83 -- 13 -- 1 -- 0 -- 889

Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers -- 6 -- 5 -- 32 -- 35 -- 25 -- 385

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers -- 2 -- 5 -- 30 -- 39 -- 30 -- 352

Tony Parker, San Antonio -- 4 -- 3 -- 31 -- 31 -- 22 -- 331

Kevin Love, Minnesota -- 0 -- 0 -- 4 -- 6 -- 20 -- 58

Dwight Howard, Orlando -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 1 -- 5 -- 13

Rajon Rondo, Boston -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 2 -- 6 -- 12

Steve Nash, Phoenix -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 4 -- 7

Derrick Rose, Chicago -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 0 -- 0 -- 5

Dwyane Wade, Miami -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 3 -- 6

Russell Westbrook, OKC -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 1 -- 4

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 1 -- 4

Tim Duncan, San Antonio -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 0 -- 3

Joe Johnson, Atlanta -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 1 -- 1

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