Apr 16, 2011 7:32 PM by Jordan Mason
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder brought in Kendrick Perkins for times like these.
A stout defender in the low post, Perkins brings the youthful Thunder a load of playoff experience as they prepare to face the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 Sunday night in Oklahoma City.
While most of his teammates have never made it out of the first round, Perkins has won an NBA title in Boston and went back to the finals last season.
He wasn't healthy when Oklahoma City sent away two starters to get him from Boston at the trade deadline in February. All he talked about then was getting enough games under his belt so he could be ready when the playoffs started.
After two late season run-ins with Denver's Nene, Perkins' is the team's enforcer.
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