Thunder's Kendrick Perkins Nearing Return From Hip Injury, May Face Lakers

Evans Clinchy
Monday May 14th, 2012

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has been limited in practice this past week with a strained right hip muscle, but he is progressing toward a return and might play tonight in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers, reports John Rohde of the Oklahoman.

"He went through some of the drills [yesterday] in practice," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He's taken a step in that direction. We'll see how he responds after the day's work [this] morning. We can assess that better."

Perkins originally sustained the injury over a week ago, when the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-97 on May 5 to close out a four-game sweep of their first-round series. He's been listed as day-to-day throughout the team's week of practices. The big man will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight. The Thunder host the Lakers at 8:30 p.m. Central at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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