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OKC Thunder notebook: MRI confirms Kendrick Perkins has hip strain

Team release says “Perkins' return to play will be based on his progress and recovery in the coming days.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 6, 2012

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.


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.”

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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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