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Thunder coach Scott Brooks: Kendrick Perkins 'coming along' in rehab

BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: March 6, 2011 at 11:45 am •  Published: March 6, 2011

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins spent roughly 20 minutes of court time Sunday morning inside the team's practice facility under the watchful eye of assistant coach Mark Bryant, medical services director Donnie Strack and director of athletic performance Dwight Daub.

Obtained in a deal with the Boston Celtics just before the league's trade deadline on Feb. 24, the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Perkins is rehabilitating a sprained left knee that is expected to keep him out of the starting lineup another one to two weeks.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Perkins also did 15-20 minutes of court work Saturday.

"It was not at game speed, but he got up and down the court, shot some free throws, he's coming along. We're excited that he'll be with us soon," Brooks said. "He wants to get out there, and you want guys (who want) to get out there. You don't want guys who are comfortable being inactive. He's anxious to get on the court. He likes what we're doing. He likes the guys. He knows that he can help."

As for other Thunder injuries, starting forward Kevin Durant will start today's 6 p.

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