OKC Thunder notebook: World Peace in another skirmish

Lakers star tangles with Thunder guard Russell Westbrook while going for loose ball
BY JOHN ROHDE AND MIKE SHERMAN Published: May 19, 2012
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Bryant on the second-quarter skirmish between Westbrook and World Peace: “It's just good playoff basketball. It's nice to get a chance to be physical. You know, it feels good. Like a spa.”

NO LIMITS ON PERK

Perkins played 31 minutes, 45 seconds in Game 2 despite aggravating a right hip muscle strain in Game 1.

He had eight days to recover from initially suffering the injury on May 5 against the Dallas Mavericks while “sliding through a pick” in Game 4.

However, there will be no time for Perkins to rest with Games 3 and 4 being back-to-back on Friday and Saturday.

Brooks put no minute limitation on Perkins in Game 3. “That's something we definitely have to sit down (Saturday) and see how this game goes,” Brooks said. “He was good (in Game 2). I thought his movements were good. He was very active and physically he was fine and moving very well.”

GASOL HONORED

Lakers forward Pau Gasol has won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his extensive charity work as a UNICEF ambassador.

The Spanish 7-footer is the second straight Lakers player to win the award. Ron Artest was given the award last year for his work in mental health awareness before he changed his name to World Peace.

Gasol has traveled the globe to raise awareness for UNICEF, primarily working on programs involving nutrition, education and health care for children. He has worked for UNICEF for seven years.

“It's a fitting award because at times he's known as a nice guy, but people don't appreciate the value he brings not only on the floor but off the floor to an organization,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said.


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