During the first few minutes of the second half vs. the Miami Heat Thursday night, Kendrick Perkins left the game with an injury.
An MRI has revealed that Perkins strained his left groin and that he will likely be sidelined next week when he will receive further consultation.
Perkins is of course pretty useless against the Heat, but that is not always the case. Although it surely shouldn’t be too difficult for the Thunder to survive without him.
The Thunder starting lineup with Russell Westbrook this season has a net rating of -7.5. Interestingly, when you replace Perkins with Steven Adams, who will likely start in his place while Perk is out, that lineup is even worse with a net rating of -18.5.
The original starting lineup has played together for 287 minutes this season and with Adams in for Perk, that lineup has played just 68 minutes, so it is a small sample size.
Teams will still likely ignore Adams almost as much as Perkins so the spacing may still be somewhat of an issue for the Thunder starters. But at least Adams can catch the ball and finish inside.
Perkins’ absence should also result in more minutes for Perry Jones and Nick Collison. We should expect the Thunder to be almost definitely finishing games small with Perkins out, which is a good thing.
The Thunder will play the Clippers tomorrow at noon CST on ABC for their next game.