Kendrick Perkins -- left ankle sprain. Day-to-Day. #thunderPerk walked gingerly to the locker room after a collision with a Blazers player with about 5 minutes to go in the game. Nick Collison came in and filled in very well, as he always does, at center with Perk out. Hopefully it isn't serious and he'll be back on the court for Sunday's game vs the Hawks.
— John Rohde (@RohdeOK) November 3, 2012
While some people may point to his 1 point and 4.5 rebound stats and say that the Thunder won't miss much if he is out, they miss a lot more than stats when Perk isn't playing. Scott Brooks knows this and credited Perk and the centers for the success of the offense. Perk is one of the best pick setters in the league and that opens up his teammates for easier shots. He also is the anchor on the defense. Stats never tell the whole story when it comes to Perk's effect on a game. And to his credit, he doesn't care about stats, just the wins.