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Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:20 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Oklahoma City Thunder paid a pretty hefty price to get the big man they've always wanted. But they'll have to wait a while before they get to see what he can give them.

Center Kendrick Perkins will miss two to three weeks with an MCL sprain according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. Perkins injured the knee against the Golden State Warriors while he was still a member of the Boston Celtics.

The sprain is on his left knee, which isn't the knee he had major reconstructive surgery following the NBA Finals last June. Previously, Celtic general manager Danny Ainge said Perkins would miss "a week or so" with the knee injury, but evidently the Thunder's being a bit more cautious with their new acquisition.

Perkins has only played 12 games so far this season and hasn't shown any signs of his injured knee bothering him. So this MCL sprain is likely not a big deal, but more just playing things on the safe side.

As evidenced by Dwight Howard pounding Oklahoma City Friday night for 40 points and 15 rebounds, the Thunder could definitely use the help now. They are still getting the services of 6-10 center Nazr Mohammed, which will help. With that, rookie Cole Aldrich will also have a chance to play some rotation minutes as well as Nick Collison.

The Thunder didn't get Perkins for the next two weeks, so it's really nothing more than just kind of a buzzkill. OKC fans are anxious to see the elusive big man they finally got and the guy that was worth giving up fan favorite Jeff Green for.

Perkins said at his introductory press conference that he likes the Thunder a lot and even asked his agent about coming to Oklahoma City as a free agent. So that's at least something good to come from Saturday's press conference, even if the injury news is a bit of a bummer

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:35 am

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

GoBucksGo:  We in LA prefer to call it the ABS.....Andrew Bynum Syndrome.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:11 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

While a 50% Perkins might be better than a 100% Krstic, you still are not getting the full use of Perkins and playing at 50% only means he will be more injury prone.  Krstic at this point is alot more useful than Perkins. You don't have to worry about Krstic being injured. Then again he might get hurt as all players do but Perkins starting to have the know Greg Oden Syndrome.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:33 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

And so that automatically means that Perk is going to be healthy? 

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 3:01 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

WarnertoHolt:  Just saying it's better to get something for him now...he was going walk at the end of the season.  He's looking for 10 million a year which with no offensive game he's not worth the money.  The Thunder or Heat may pay him that money.  Their teams are younger so it may make more sense.  At least with Perkins in OK he's not in the east. I think Ainge witnessed first hand the down fall of the Celtics all those years when they neglected to do anything of value to help an aging Bird, McHale and Parrish.  With that in mind it made sense to pull the trigger on the trade for someone like Green.  Someone who can relief Pierce now and in the future.  The center rotation may not be ideal but given the way Doc Rivers is able to manage minutes seems like if any coach could make it work, he can. 

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 1:05 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

sidelineswami:  Seriously, you are excited about Krstic's numbers agains the Clippers centers?  Wow.  Time to face facts.  The Celtics are going to miss Perkins once he is playing again.  Watch what he does for the Thunder.  Who cares if he doesn't play until April.  The Thunder will make the playoffs and be better with Perkins.  The Celtics will make the playoffs and be worse without him.  If you are waiting for Shaq to be in shape and healthy....umm....good luck.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:21 am

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

Krstic...9 points and 6 offensive rebounds last night...not bad for not practice with the yet.  I'll take him at 100% over Perkins 50%...which is really 0% over the next 2-3 weeks at least.  With that said, the trade makes perfect sense now to compete for a title and in the future.  Green is a nice swingman to help back up Pierce. Perkins was going to test the market at the end of the season anyway.  How does it help them with both O'Neils hurt to hold on to another hurt center who is going to eventually walk.  Shaq (when healthy), Krstic and Davis should fill in just fine.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:40 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

Yes, believe it or not I did notice that... it's mentioned in the article.  Heck, I even posted a quote early that was directly from the article dealing with that.  All I'm saying is that a 50% Kendrick Perkins is better than 100% Nenad Krstic.  Lets not forget, he's had knee issues too...

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:20 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

Heels618...Perkins has not played since he injured that knee.It is not the one he had surgery on yet.He hurt it just befor the trade.Ha Boston is smart.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 7:38 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

No SHAQ is the starter when healthy....Big Baby is a matchup nightmare due to his ability to hit jump shots & use his body. For a fat guy he sure is quick to the bucket.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 7:00 pm

Kendrick Perkins to miss 2-3 weeks

Looks like the Celtics were 7 and 5 above the 12 games Perkins played in.  Not saying he won't be missed for his defense but if they have enough bigs healthy they should be fine.  Garrett, Pierce, Green, Allen and Rondo on the floor at the same time could present a lot of problems for teams to defend in the east.

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