Thunder notebook: Limit on players' minutes could be coming

Thunder coach Scott Brooks reiterated Friday that he has no plans on sitting players out in the final three games of the season. It's more likely that Brooks limits his players' minutes in the final two games.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 20, 2012
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Thunder coach Scott Brooks reiterated Friday that he has no plans on sitting players out in the final three games of the season.

“Yeah, I'm going to sit Kevin (Durant) about five minutes in the first half and maybe four minutes in the second half,” Brooks joked. “That's all he allows me to.

“Our guys want to keep playing. We still have things that we have to get better and work on. And rest is not something that we're worried about.”

It's more likely that Brooks limits his players' minutes in the final two games, especially if the top seed is out of reach.

In the season finale last year, Brooks limited Durant to 23 minutes, Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha to 21 and James Harden to 24 minutes.

“Last year I did it,” Brooks said. “I'm not sure what we're going to do this year.”

PERKINS WON'T PETITION TECHNICAL FOUL

Perkins said Friday that he will not make an appeal to the NBA to rescind the technical foul he received Wednesday at Phoenix.

It was Perkins' 12th technical foul of the year, putting him one shy of receiving an automatic one-game suspension.

Friday's box score: Thunder 103, Kings 92

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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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