Thunder get time to rest after 1st-round sweep
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder are taking the day off Sunday after sweeping the defending champion Dallas Mavericks in the first round.
The Thunder won't know until at least Tuesday night their opponent in the Western Conference semifinals - and it could take until Sunday before the series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets is finished. The Lakers lead 2-1.
The sweep could give Oklahoma City its longest break of this lockout-shortened season. The only time the Thunder had more than three straight days off was a five-game layoff over the All-Star break.
The rest will be welcomed by center Kendrick Perkins, who left the clinching Game 4 victory Saturday night with a strained right hip.