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Kendrick Perkins’ groin injury doesn’t seem like something that could seriously put him in jeopardy of missing significant time this season, and thus should not affect the Thunder’s chances for winning a title come playoff time.
Perkins is essential to the Thunder’s success, especially against the Eastern Conference teams like the Heat and Celtics that like to operate in the paint, as he is the metaphorical “brick wall” that occupies the paint area, allowing the other four guys on the floor to defend the perimeter more effectively.
In the West, he is the big body that the Thunder can put on Dwight Howard. Worst-case scenario is that Perkins' groin injury lingers, but all signs point to him being ready to go for the season opener (via ESPN).