Yahoo Sports reports that Kendrick Perkins played through a torn groin muscle in the final three rounds of the NBA playoffs.
Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins played the final three playoff rounds with a partially torn groin, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 22, 2012
First off, credit Perkins for being willing to play through that kind of pain and to never complain about it or let it be known. It's a credit to Perkins, who also hustled back last season to return from a severe knee injury and who constantly does the dirty work.
Second, why in God's name was he on the floor as much as he was, and why was he trying to score?
Brooks started Perkins every game of the Finals, and played him heavy minutes. Perkins early on complained about not getting the ball enough with Shane Battier on him. Perkins shot 42 percent in the Finals, and just 37 percent in the Thunder's four consecutive losses. He's never been an offensive threat, yet with a partially torn groin attempted five shots.
His defensive rotations were a problem as well, and this information helps us understand why he was slower than expected, but not why he played so many minutes regardless. It's another mystery of how these Finals unfolded for the Thunder, another example of how things just didn't fall their way.