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Report: Kendrick Perkins played with partially torn groin throughout the playoffs

Jun 22, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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We know that once players reach the Finals, no one is playing at 100 percent. But while some are merely trying to get through what Shaquille O’Neal used to refer to as “knick-knack injuries,” others are dealing with things much more serious.

Kendrick Perkins falls into the latter category, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via EOB):

Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins played the final three playoff rounds with a partially torn groin, league sources tell Y! Sports.

A report from the Oklahoman states that the injury occurred in Game 4 against Dallas in the first round of the playoffs, and has been a problem ever since.

This revelation will only have fans questioning Thunder head coach Scott Brooks’ plans in these Finals even more. He’s been consistently killed for his rotations, and Perkins was largely ineffective the entire series.

Perkins is as tough as they come, so it’s no surprise he tried to gut it out with the injury. But knowing what we know now, the question of why in the world Brooks would rely on him for over 23 minutes per game in the Finals — including 34 minutes in Game 3 — is one that, at some point, he should probably have to answer.

  1. franchiseplaya - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    this might explain perk calling out brooks. if brooks continued to utilize a player that he knew was injured that just magnifies his ineptness as a coach. whats perk gonna do, not answer the call and refuse to play? really put perk in a bad situation to get ripped all series long. he was picked up for some size and toughness against post players, specifically to get passed the lakers. he had no real place playing those kind of minutes against the heat that doesn’t have a true big man post presence.

  2. mavajo - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Interesting. From watching him, I thought he was suffering from a partially torn labia.

    • Kansachusetts - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      You should know. You’re a dick.

  3. paulhargis53 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    pretty sure you’ve never seen a labia except in pictures or in a movie.

    If you have, I’m sure you’re not in there long enough to make a difference.

  4. bougin89 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Ohhhhh so this is why he was “slightly” ineffective the entire series in the Finals?

  5. fanz928 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    His screens were solid but some were moving and he created size problem for Miami which is huge so having him in the game was a huge plus and if you go with collision you’re going to get killed on defense with bosh and lebron attacking most likely and 1 all day but put Perkins in and you get shot altering and better defense cause we know ibaka cant guard lebron

  6. franchiseplaya - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    this might explain perk calling out brooks. if brooks continued to utilize a player that he knew was injured that just magnifies his ineptness as a coach. whats perk gonna do, not answer the call and refuse to play? really put perk in a bad situation to get ripped all series long. he was picked up for some size and toughness against post players, specifically to get passed the lakers. he had no real place playing those kind of minutes against the heat that doesn’t have a true big man post presence.

  7. icewinna0 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    This is a tough dude. Just bad injury luck during his last two Finals appearances.

  8. florida727 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I don’t get the questioning of Scott Brooks and his use of Perkins. It’s common knowledge that the coach plays or doesn’t play a player based on two things: 1) input from the player himself, and more importantly, 2) input from the team medical staff. If the medical says ‘no’, the player sits. If the player says, ‘yeah, I’m fine’, the coach probably takes that with a grain of salt. I was rooting for OKC in this series, but to diminish the job does against Perkins by Miami’s defense by charging it off to injury, is just plain wrong. Miami earned what they got… as much as it pains me to say it.

  9. kwf1224 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Good thing he played in the playoffs.

  10. kwf1224 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Good thing he played in the playoffs.

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