With 32 games left in the regular season, Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins already has 11 technical fouls on the season.
A player serves a one-game suspension once he gets his 13th technical foul and for every other technical foul thereafter. (The usual limit is 16, but that was reduced proportionately because of the 66-game season.)
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he is concerned about possibly losing Perkins to multiple suspensions.
"It's going to be very difficult for Perk to not engage in any physical activity on the court that referees deem it's a little excessive, but he has to," Brooks said. "You've got to play within the league rules. We can't afford to have guys miss games. He knows he has to control his emotions. Perk brings that every night. We don't want to take that part away from his game, but he can't go above than what's needed. We need him to play with a lot of anger."
Perkins didn't seem concerned.
"I done been here before," Perkins said with a smile before Thursday night's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "Twice before."
You've had 11 this early in the season?
"Yeah," Perkins said, still smiling.
Did you ever earn a one-game suspension?
"No. Never," Perkins said, still smiling.
So, you're good to go?
"Yeah," Perkins, still smiling as he walked away.
Reserve forward Nick Collison missed Thursday night's 100-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena because of a quad injury located just above his left knee. It was the third straight game Collison has missed.
"He was feeling much better (Thursday), but it's not quite ready," Brooks said. "I assume he'll be fine after the (All-Star) break."
Thunder reserve guard James Harden, who had an injured left (shooting) wrist, was a game-time decision to play. He entered with 3:59 left in the first quarter, played 32 minutes and had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists, but five turnovers.
Actor Rob Lowe was in attendance and sat with OKC ownership group next to the Thunder bench. … The Thunder went from facing the league's worst rebounding team in Boston (38.8) on Wednesday night to the NBA's best rebounding team in the Lakers (45.8). OKC outrebounded both the Celtics (43-32) and the Lakers (44-41). … OKC led 46-43 at halftime despite having nine turnovers and just five assists. The Thunder committed just three turnovers in the second half. … A private charter carrying 13 members of the Thunder's operating staff flew to Orlando after Thursday's game for All-Star Weekend. OKC will be widely represented by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Brooks and his entire coaching staff.
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