Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins has returned to Texas because of the passing of his grandfather and will miss the Thunder's next two games, league sources told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.
Perkins won't play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center, nor against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Oakland, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Steven Adams is expected to replace Perkins in the Thunder's starting lineup. Adams, a rookie, has cut into Perkins' minutes this season. Perkins, 29, is averaging three points and nearly four rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.
Perkins had been back and forth to Texas in recent weeks to spend time with his ill grandfather. The Thunder (5-1) are on a four-game winning streak.