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Kendrick Perkins out 2-3 weeks with MCL sprain

Feb 26, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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Kendrick Perkins is going to join the Thunder and make the team a significantly tougher opponent defensively… eventually. Until then, well, not so much. OKBlitz.com reports today that Perkins will miss 2-3 weeks with a MCL sprain in his knee.

Which is exactly what you want to hear about the guy you just traded two starters for who returned from an ACL injury just weeks ago. Perkins suffered the sprain against the Warriors Tuesday before being traded Thursday, left the court gingerly, then missed the rest of the game. But he obviously cleared the trade physicals, so the Thunder staff likely isn’t worried, it’s just not what you want to hear from the new starter, especially when you play the Lakers on Sunday.

The other question is where Nate Robinson will fit in on this team. Eric Maynor is still the backup point guard, presumably, though Robinson definitely fits in with the culture of the team in OKC with the laughing and joking. Robinson might work in spots as a two-guard even with his size, should the Thunder go into super-small ball.

For Perkins, it’ll leave him just a little under a month to get used to his new teammates before the playoffs start. But then, he usually comes back from injury sooner rather than later. We’ll see if his intensity is the same in Oklahoma City as it was in Boston.

  1. henryd3rd - Feb 26, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    I bet Kevin Durant and the rest of his OKC team mates must be feeling just great right about now?

    • zackd2 - Feb 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      I’m sure KD & his teammates understand this move is for hte playoffs & the future, not for Febuary 27th.

  2. loungefly74 - Feb 26, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    damaged goods the C’s knew about all along? did Ainge know KP was just a guy who will get hurt over and over? IF thats the case, the C’s pulled a fast one.

    • zackd2 - Feb 27, 2011 at 12:03 AM

      Get hurt oover and over again? Yeah thankfully the Celtics centers are so healthy…wait their centers are Shaq & JO? Oh nevermind.

  3. khandor - Feb 26, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Matt,

    Even if Kendrick Perkins eventually gets 100% healthy …

    It is simply not a foregone conclusion that the Thunder’s new line-up:

    STARTERS: Westbrook, Sefolosha, Durant, Ibaka and Perkins
    KEY SUBS: Maynor, Cook, Harden, Collison and Mohammed
    ——————————–
    RESERVES: Robinson and Aldrich
    ——————————–
    EXTRAS/OUTS: Ivey and Mullens

    is going to play a superior brand basketball compared to its old one:

    STARTERS: Westbrook, Sefolosha, Durant, Green and Krstic
    KEY SUBS: Maynor, Cook, Harden, Collison and Ibaka
    ——————————–
    RESERVES: Peterson and Aldrich
    ——————————–
    EXTRAS/OUTS: Ivey, DJ White and Mullens

    given that Oklahoma no longer has a Big Man on its roster that can consistently “stretch the defense” by making a perimeter jump-shot [e.g. Krstic], or a 3 [e.g. Green], and is still without a proven Big Men who qualifies as a “go-to scorer” with his back-to-the-basket in the low post.

    I am not saying that these 2 trades were “bad” for OKC, only that they should by no means be viewed as a certified “slam dunk” … at least, not just yet.

  4. j0esixpack - Feb 27, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Loungefly,

    I hardly think Ainge snuck one by OKC. But if they didnt have a scout at the game to see him suffer the sprain or bother with a physical for Perk they have no one to blame but themselves

  5. 1historian - Feb 27, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Perkins passed a physical before the trade was made official, so the Thunder knew what they were getting.
    Right now it seems as if the Celts got the better of the deal – no one forced OC to make the trade.

    • zackd2 - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      “Right now it seems as if the Celts got the better of the deal”

      And when Glen Davis is trying to guard Bynum/Howard because Shaq has 4 fouls in 12 minutes and Jermaine O’Neal is “minor injury, coming back soon” will OKC got the better of the deal?

  6. gqrlh - Feb 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Boston let him go for a reason, he may not come back at 100%, or even 80%. I wouldn’t trade for a hurt player. Maybe they see more than I do, too many other players of his caliber that are healthy and ready to play.

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