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.
Perkins received the technical for jawing with Suns center Robin Lopez as the two ran down court.
Thunder center Cole Aldrich said Friday that he plans on playing in summer league this year. He had to sit out last year while his contract was being finalized. … Police shut down a section of Interstate 80 in Sacramento for six hours on Friday in the wake of a crime spree that involved three carjackings carried out by a gunman. Heavy traffic ensued and altered the route of the Thunder's team bus to and from the arena. … Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson attended Friday's game, sitting courtside near half-court. He received a standing ovation when shown on the scoreboard during a timeout with 5:49 remaining in the first quarter. In between the first and second quarters, Robertson presented Kings guard Isaiah Thomas with the Oscar Robertson Triple-Double Award for his contributions on and off the court. … Hall of Famer Bill Walton also was in attendance Friday.
The Thunder will face the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday inside the Staples Center. It will be the last game of a five-game trip. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on ABC.