Kendrick Perkins Injury: Updates on Thunder Center's Ankle

Mike HoagCorrespondent IINovember 2, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21: (L-R) James Harden #13, Serge Ibaka #9, Kevin Durant #35, Kendrick Perkins #5 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stand on court against the Miami Heat  in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins suffered a left ankle sprain during the team’s game Friday night, according to John Rodhe of The Oklahoman (via Twitter).

Kendrick Perkins -- left ankle sprain. Day-to-Day. #thunder

— John Rohde (@RohdeOK) November 3, 2012

Perkins went to the locker room with under five minutes to play after colliding with a Porland Trail Blazers player. He finished with zero points, just three rebounds and one block in 21 minutes.

That was the second consecutive poor performance in as many games to start the season for the Thunder’s starting center.

Kevin Durant has been the team’s leading rebounder through the OKC's opening two games. He pulled down 14 in the opener and 17 Friday night against Portland (15.5 RPG).

If Perkins does miss any time, Hasheem Thabeet could possibly move into the starting lineup. Also, the team could go with a smaller lineup by shifting Serge Ibaka into that role, which he fills at times throughout games.

Nick Collison came up big as part of a front-court rotation consisting of Ibaka, Thabeet and Perkins. He finished with 12 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes of action.

The slow start by Perkins and any lingering effects of this injury may open a door for both Collison and Thabeet to earn more playing time and perhaps a permanent starting gig if they can impress Scott Brooks.

In 2011-12, Perkins recorded near-career lows in every statistical category, despite remaining healthy and starting 65 games for the Thunder. His five points and six boards per game leave much to be desired. Despite him being regarded as a defensive presence down low, he averaged just one block per game, as well.

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