Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins Game Time Decision for Game 2

During Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder may have suffered a big blow with an injury to defensive-minded center Kendrick Perkins.

After Perkins went up for an uncontested dunk, the veteran big man came down in obvious pain. Apparently, Perkins re-aggravated an injury to his hip and as a result missed Tuesday’s practice.

According to Thunder Coach Scott Brooks, Perkins will be game-time decision for Game 2 via J.A. Adande of ESPN.com:

“If he’s ready to go he’ll play,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “If he’s not, we won’t play him. But we’ll see how he feels. We have all day tomorrow. We have treatments today, treatments tomorrow and he’ll be a game-time decision.”

The absence of Perkins might prove to be a big advantage for the Lakers inside the paint in Game 2. Even though Perkins didn’t have a huge impact in Game 1 with four points, one rebound and two blocks, the one-time NBA champion is the best defender the Thunder has to throw at Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the paint.

With that being said, Gasol and Bynum might be in for a big night in Game 2 that could prove to be the difference against a much more talented and motivated Thunder squad.

You May Also Like

Lakers Vs. Mavericks Preview: L.A. Seeking Win To End Road Trip

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to face the Dallas Mavericks as they…

Dennis Schroder Bringing Intensity, ‘Doing Everything’ For Lakers

Dennis Schroder quickly found his place on the Los Angeles Lakers and became an important figure right from…

Update on Kobe’s Ankle Injury: ‘Worst Sprain of My Career’

*Update – 3.14.11 LATimes* via LATimes.com – Kobe Bryant a game-time decision…

Lakers Injury Update: Lonzo Ball Does More On-Court Activity, But Timetable For Return Still Unclear

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has missed seven consecutive games since injuring his left knee against…