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In the Thunder's win against the Trail Blazers, Kendrick Perkins left the game early with an ankle injury. His return is up in the air.
With 4:31 left in the Thunder's 106-92 win over the Trail Blazers, center Kendrick Perkins hobbled off the court and headed back to the locker room. While we do not know the full extent of the injury, the Oklahoman's John Rohde originally reported that it is a left ankle sprain and Perkins was listed as 'day-to-day:'
Subsequently, Rohde updated his Twitter feed, saying that despite the injury, Perkins 'should start' Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks:
If Perkins is unable to start or even play, the Thunder will look to Hasheem Thabeet and Nick Collison to step in and help shoulder the load. I would expect that Collison would start at center with Thabeet backing him up, but we would also see a fair amount of time featuring Kevin Durant at power forward with Serge Ibaka shifting to center.
The Hawks are currently in a rebuilding mode and are looking for a new identity, but they still have power forward Al Horford, who could give the Thunder trouble.
We will be updating this injury report as it progresses.