After re-aggravating his strained right hip in the third quarter of Game 1, Kendrick Perkins is a gametime decision for Game 2, Scott Brooks said at practice Tuesday.
Perkins re-injured the hip on a dunk in the third quarter as the Thunder began to blow out the Lakers. Perkins returned to the Thunder bench after immediately going to the locker room and was said to be available to return, but Oklahoma City was so far ahead it wasn’t necessary.
Brooks said after the game that Perk would be re-evaluated and get treatment. He did not practice Tuesday.
In Perk’s place, Nazr Mohammed performed especially well defending Andrew Bynum while also providing a nice little offensive spark. That was nice for the Thunder, but not something they can completely rely upon. Mohammed is a quality veteran backup big, but Perk is one of the best Bynum defenders in the league.
If Perkins is out though, that would mean second-year center Cole Aldrich would likely need to play meaningful minutes, something he hasn’t really done at all during his time in the league.
Perkins originally injured the hip in Game 4 against the Mavericks.