Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins finishes season with groin injury

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins suffered a hip/groin injury of Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs and never fully recovered.
BY JOHN ROHDE AND ANTHONY SLATER Published: June 22, 2012

The effort barely got OKC over the 30-percent plateau for the Finals while the Heat shot 42.9 percent.

Here is what each Thunder player shot from 3-point range in the Finals:

Kevin Durant 13 for 33

Harden 7 for 22

Derek Fisher 5 for 14

Russell Westbrook 3 for 22

Thabo Sefolosha 2 for 11

Royal Ivey 2 for 2

Deaquan Cook 0 for 2

NO COLLISON

With 6:12 left in the third, Perkins was whistled for his fifth foul with the Heat leading 75-63.

Reserve forward Nick Collison jumped up from the bench to enter the game, but coach Scott Brooks intercepted him to insert guard Fisher.

Roughly 90 seconds later, Fisher was called for a flagrant foul against James and the rout was on.

By the time Collison finally entered the game with 1:23 left, the lead had ballooned to 92-67.

LEBRON THE LEADER

With 1:23 left in the third quarter and the Heat pulling away 92-67, Miami point guard Mario Chalmers repeatedly waved both hands upward begging for more crowd noise.

Perhaps recalling his past displays of celebration, LeBron James quickly came over and instructed Chalmers to cease and desist, which Chalmers did.

RESILIENT CHAMPS

With its 4-1 triumph against the Thunder, the Heat became the first NBA team to trail in three series and win the title.

Miami trailed 2-1 at Indiana, 3-2 at Boston and 1-0 at OKC.

EARLY ODDS

Odds to win the 2012-13 NBA championship, from RJ Bell of Pregame.com:

3/1: Miami Heat; Thunder

5/1: Chicago Bulls

7/1: San Antonio Spurs

12/1: Los Angeles Lakers

15/1: Dallas Mavericks

20/1: Boston Celtics; Indiana Pacers

30/1: Los Angeles Clippers

35/1: Denver Nuggets; Memphis Grizzlies

40/1: Orlando Magic

60/1: Atlanta Hawks; New York Knicks; Philadelphia 76ers

80/1: Houston Rockets

100/1: Milwaukee Bucks; Minnesota Timberwolves; New Jersey Nets; Phoenix Suns; Portland Trail Blazers; Utah Jazz; Washington Wizards

120/1: Cleveland Cavaliers; New Orleans Hornets; Sacramento Kings; Toronto Raptors

130/1: Detroit Pistons; Golden State Warriors

150/1: Charlotte Bobcats


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