Perkins failed to score, but collected four rebounds, one assist, and one block in Monday's 121-116 loss to the Bulls. Perkins took only a single shot in his 17 minutes of court time. The 31-year-old was one of only eight active players for the Pelicans and the only big they had available to come off the bench. He is averaging 17.7 minutes per game during the month of April, but only averaging 3.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Perkins was ejected from Friday's loss to the Trail Blazers after clotheslining Damian Lillard midway through the fourth quarter, finishing the night with zero points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 18 minutes off the bench. Perkins caught Lillard from behind right under the chin as the Portland point guard was cutting into the paint, and while it may have been unintentional, the fact that Perkins had been butting heads with Mason Plumlee just prior to the incident and may have been looking for retaliation certainly factored into the Flagrant 2 call. Lillard appeared to be uninjured and finished the game, but Perkins could still face additional discipline from the league.
Perkins provided eight rebounds, three steals, and one assist in 22 minutes during the Pelicans' 100-95 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday. Perkins took Alexis Ajinca's spot in the starting lineup. Though Perkins went scoreless, it wasn't an awful performance, and it's possible he will earn another start on Thursday versus the Spurs. Nevertheless, Perkins is way past his prime, and there are likely a plethora of better options available on most waiver wires.
Perkins will start in Wednesday's game against the Rockets, John Reid of the Times-Picayune reports. Perkins will be replacing Alexis Ajinca in the lineup due to coach Alvin Gentry's decision. Gentry cited Ajinca's struggle with too many fouls as the reason for the change. Perkins will likely see and increase in minutes and could remain in the starting lineup for more than just Wednesday's tilt.
Coach Alvin Gentry intends to give Perkins more playing time during the two-week absence of Omer Asik (ankle), John Reid of the Times-Picayune reports. Fellow center Alexis Ajinca will move into the starting lineup in place of Asik, and so it seems that Perkins will only marginally benefit from added playing time. In fact, the 31-year-old has seen action in just two of the last 20 games, suggesting his new role on the team may not even amount to 10 minutes per game.
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