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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Kendrick Perkins (hip) exits game

By Jeff Caplan
ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Oklahoma City Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins will miss the remainder of Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks Saturday after leaving in the first quarter with a right hip strain.

The Thunder are trying to close out the defending champions in a sweep.

It's not clear when the 6-foot-10, 270-pounder injured his hip and there was no early word as to how severe the injury might be. If the Mavs win Saturday, the series will shift back to Oklahoma City on Monday for Game 5.

If the Thunder close it out, they will await the winner of the Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets series.

Perkins averaged 5.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 27.7 minutes in the first three games and was a strong defensive presence in the paint. He left Game 4 with two rebounds and two assists in 7:51.

Oklahoma City has received little production from backup center Nick Collison in the series, and Nazr Mohammed has played just five minutes of garbage time in OKC's Game 3 blowout.