The Thunder was without its starting center and sixth man Friday at Portland, both being held out with what are believed to be minor injuries.
Kendrick Perkins missed the game with a sore right hamstring, an injury he sustained Thursday night at Golden State. Kevin Martin was sidelined with a sore back, also an injury that occurred against the Warriors.
Reserve center Hasheem Thabeet started in place of Perkins, while seldom-used swingman Ronnie Brewer logged much of the minutes Martin typically plays.
PRESTI, THUNDER SUPPORTING DURANT
In the aftermath of the NBA fining Kevin Durant $25,000, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said the team supports the league's decision but also expressed faith in Durant's character.
“We respect the league's decision,” Presti said. “Kevin accepts responsibility for his actions. His lapse in judgment is in no way reflective of his character. We will continue to appreciate and support him.”
NO MORE ALTERNATES
Following a 19-point win over the Warriors on Friday night, the Thunder will finish the regular season with a 6-5 record in its alternate uniforms, the first season the team has worn the navy blue threads.
Oklahoma City went 2-0 at home in the jerseys and 4-5 in them on the road.
“I just look at the last two games we played in them,” Durant said, half-jokingly. “We played pretty well. I'll take that.”
STAYING FOCUSED DOWN THE STRETCH
After five consecutive games against teams that are either in the playoffs or fighting to get in, the Thunder entered Friday's game against the Blazers charged with finishing the season against three sub-.500 teams, two of which did not qualify for the postseason.
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