No timetable has been established for the return of Kendrick Perkins.
An MRI on Sunday confirmed that the Thunder center has a right hip strain, the Thunder announced. In a release, however, the team did not provide any specifics about when Perkins might be able to return.
“Perkins' return to play will be based on his progress and recovery in the coming days,” the release read.
The Thunder's second-round series will not start until Saturday at the earliest. Oklahoma City will face the winner between the Lakers and Nuggets.
Perkins was injured with 4:09 remaining in the first quarter of the Thunder's 103-97 series-clinching win at Dallas on Saturday. He was immediately removed from the game and did not return.
With Perkins sidelined, the Thunder relied on reserve center Nazr Mohammed to fill in against the Mavs in Game 4. OKC also has second-year center Cole Aldrich to call upon if needed.
CARLISLE CALLS OKC ALL GROWN UP
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle continued to be extremely complimentary of the Thunder a day after OKC ousted the defending champions in a sweep.
In his exit interview with reporters on Sunday, Carlisle said the Thunder has grown and gotten better since losing 4-1 to the Mavs in the Western Conference Finals a year ago.
“No question they got better,” Carlisle said. “When they went through what they did last year, when they won two rounds and got in a tough series with us and basically were right there every game, you take quantum leaps in terms of your emotional growth, understanding what it takes to advance to the highest levels. And their players have individually gotten better.”
“They're in a great position. One of their challenges is going to be how to manage the time. They're probably going to have a week before they start. Scott Brooks is doing a great job there. They're a team positioned to be right in the hunt with everybody.”
WESTBROOK PLAYING BOTH ENDS
In the first two games of the Thunder-Mavs series, Russell Westbrook was an offensive force, averaging 28.5 points on 52.2 percent shooting.
In Games 3 and 4, however, Westbrook averaged just 16 points on just 35.5 percent shooting.
But his defense in the final two games made a huge difference.
Westbrook defended Mavs guard Jason Terry wonderfully down the stretch in both games, and in the closeout game Westbrook came up with two steals that helped the Thunder take and maintain the lead for good.
“Russell was phenomenal for us,” said Kevin Durant. “People probably won't talk about it but his defense was disruptive in the fourth. And he and James Harden's offensive input and Russ' defense is the reason we got that lead and kept the lead.”
The Thunder did not practice Sunday. The team will have an optional day Monday before resuming practice Tuesday. …The Thunder defeated the Mavericks nine times in 10 games this season, including two preseason games. … After averaging a league-leading 3.65 blocked shots in the regular season, Serge Ibaka averaged 3.25 blocks in the opening rough against the Mavs.
Durant on Harden: “He was phenomenal in the fourth. His pick-and-roll game is unreal. It's fun to watch, fun to be a part of.”