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Thunder center Kendrick Perkins to miss next two games; Steven Adams to start

by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 13, 2013

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins, left, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Minneapolis. Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 15 rebounds in their 101-93 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) ORG XMIT: MNJM106
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins, left, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Minneapolis. Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 15 rebounds in their 101-93 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) ORG XMIT: MNJM106

Kendrick Perkins did not travel with the Thunder on the team’s three-game road trip so that he could be with his family after the death of his grandfather.

Perkins will miss the team’s next two games, which will be played Wednesday against the Clippers and Thursday at Golden State. He could rejoin the team for Saturday’s game at Milwaukee.

Rookie center Steven Adams will start in place of Perkins.

"Nothing is going to change," Adams said Wednesday. "It's just now it's kind of like going out there and setting the tone; being with the starting five and making sure we set the bar."

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said he's comfortable with Adams playing in the starting lineup.

"He's been with that lineup a few times during games and sometimes in practice," Brooks said. "But no matter who we have out there, guys have confidence in executing what we work on every day. I think it's going to be a great opportunity for him."

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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