In the first few minutes of the second half vs. the Miami Heat last Thursday, Kendrick Perkins injured his groin.
Since, Perkins has had surgery on the groin and he will be out up to six weeks.
Kendrick Perkins will miss up to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a left groin strain he sustained Thursday against Miami.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) February 25, 2014
This is an interesting development, especially considering all the chat about how bad Perkins is.
Steven Adams will likely continue starting in his place. The Thunder have been worse with Adams in the lineup replacing Perkins with the starters. This is a great opportunity for Adams to get experience and prove that he has what it takes to be the team’s starting center of the future.
Hashseem Thabeet is still on the roster but the Thunder shouldn’t feel like they need to use him. They can give more playing time to Nick Collison and Perry Jones instead. We will definitely see a lot of small lineups for the Thunder with Perkins out, which should mean better offense while sacrificing some on the defensive end.
The Thunder have an open roster spot so they may consider signing a free agent center.
The Thunder are 0-3 without Perkins in the lineup this season.