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Thunder’s Perkins likely game-time call for Game 2 due to hip

May 15, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

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At some point in the Thunder’s first-round series against the Lakers Kendrick Perkins is going to play a key role — the Thunder’s best post defensive player needs to match up with Andrew Bynum. Something Perkins didn’t really do all that well in Game 1 as Bynum was the only Laker putting up efficient numbers.

Still it was concerning when Perkins made a slow walk to the locker room early in the second half of Game 1. He returned to the bench and reportedly could have come back in the game in the fourth quarter, but by then what was the point?

There are not a lot of details, but Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman says expect a game-time decisions for Game 2.

He’s likely to again be listed as day-to-day and a game-time decision for Game 2 Wednesday. His health ranks near the top of the list of the single most important factors in OKC taking care of business in this series. If he’s unable to play, or is limited, because of this nagging injury, advantage Lakers.

Game 1 blowouts are rarely indicative of how close the rest of the games in a series will be. (Remember the Lakers/Celtics finals in the Magic/Bird era? They used to blow each other out then lose the next game every year it seemed.) The games will get closer and Thunder are going to need Perkins.

But they may need him more on the road on Friday and Saturday, so I would not be shocked to see him get rest before then. Depends on how he’s feeling Wednesday night.

  1. zblott - May 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    “Remember the Lakers/Celtics finals in the Magic/Bird era? They used to blow each other out then lose the next game every year it seemed.”

    Considering this bit of history was used to explain how useless Game 1 blowouts are in predicting anything (supposedly they’re “rarely indicative”), I’m curious how often this occurred. Happened once ever, in the 1985 Finals. You know how long it took me to look that up? Around 45-60 seconds. This is why a) writers should try looking up facts every once in a while if their purpose for recalling them is to prove a point about the present, and b) fans in general should recognize that our memories based on what are often emotional experiences driven home by highlights intending to focus on the importance of one or two specific plays/events aren’t always the best place to pull the truth from. We live in an age of bountiful information – I’m looking forward to Kurt joining it.

    • davidly - May 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      So only one of the blowouts was a game 1. Big deal. His sentence in parentheses (which, by definition is a parenthetical, ie. tangentially related to the point) was a mere reminder that the NBA’s greatest teams could blow another out only to lose in the very next game.

      If your so gung ho to out info Kurt, why don’t you look up every game 1 in every playoff series ever and prove him wrong.

  2. cdog0o7 - May 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Lakers blew out the Celtics in game one of the 2010 finals.

    But that series remained pretty close I would say.

    Sometimes the final box score isn’t telling either.

    Team could have been up 25-30 and only won by 12-15 once the scrubs were in.

    • zblott - May 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Everything you’re describing is very easy to look up, so don’t think the truth is hidden somewhere in the shadows and we’ll never know it. The truth is in the facts, and there’s more than enough of them out there to have a good idea how often perceptions (Kurt’s history lesson above) and reality match up.

  3. passerby23 - May 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I don’t think Kendrick Perkins being out gives the Lakers the edge anyway. They can still shuffle around Mohammed, Ibaka, and Collison. The Lakers have no answer for the perimeter attack of the Thunder. Having Perkins out definitely weakens the Thunder, but I don’t think it automatically shifts the balance of power to the Lakers.

  4. cosanostra71 - May 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I’m not basing this on anything they’ve shown so far in the 2012 playoffs, but I expect the Lakers to come out with more energy in Game 2. In the past (and yes, I know, that was under a different coach- one of, if not the, best coach of all time) they always responded when they were embarrassed like this. I know that Kobe will respond, but it will come down to what Game 7 came down to- can Pau respond and asset himself? With Perkins limited/maybe even out, the Lakers need to realize their advantage in the post and take advantage of it. I also believe that MWP will come out with more energy defensively, I think he will make KD work harder for his points in Game 2. Will the Lakers win? I don’t know- they need to have a lot of things go right, but that can certainly happen. I do know that if they don’t win Game 2, they can pretty much say goodbye to any realistic chance of winning the series- if they lose Game 2, all they will have left to fight for will be to avoid a sweep.

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