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Thunder's Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks with knee injury

The debut of the big man who is supposed to provide a stabilizing presence in the paint for the Oklahoma City Thunder has been put on hold.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 26, 2011

Brooks said his starting lineup will again consist of Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison on Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Newly acquired center Nazr Mohammed, who came over in a trade from Charlotte that sent D.J. White and Morris Peterson to the Bobcats, will be in uniform and is expected to play.

“It’s nice having another big that has some valuable experience. He can come in and step in,” Brooks said. “I envision him playing tomorrow. I don’t know how many minutes. We won’t put in a big package while he’s in the game, but enough that will put him in a position to have success.”

With Westbrook and steady backup point guard Eric Maynor, Brooks said it will be tough to find minutes for the 5-foot-9 Robinson. Even at shooting guard, Daequan Cook has created a bit of a logjam alongside Sefolosha and reserve James Harden.

“There might be some times and some opportunities where the game needs what Nate brings,” Brooks said. “Initially, it’s going to be a feel thing; see how the game is going, see how the flow is going.

“He’s a tough kid that plays hard and he plays with his heart. I love him. I love what he brings.”