Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 9:38 am  |  18 responses

Kendrick Perkins: ‘We Didn’t Trust Each Other’

For the most part, the Thunder just didn’t look like the usual Thunder last night, and OKC center Kendrick Perkins thinks he knows why. Via the Oklahoman: “Dallas’ lead stood at 22 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third period and was at 18 with 1:30 left on the third-quarter clock. OKC didn’t get it back to single digits until Russell Westbrook scored on a driving layup with 6:33 left to play. ’It’s really tough to come back from 20 down,’ said Nick Collison. ‘You’re going to make a run and eventually they’re going to make some plays. You need to be almost perfect at that point when you get that big of a hole.’ The Thunder has toyed with this disturbing trend throughout the playoffs. Oklahoma City has trailed after one quarter in 11 of its 15 games this postseason. But this was as bad as it’s ever been. ‘Tonight, we didn’t trust each other,’ said Kendrick Perkins. ‘We just got to have trust in each other. That’s the bottom line.’ But Perkins continued. ’When we get down, I don’t like our body language,’” Perkins said. ‘We got to do a better job of holding our heads up and continuing to keep pushing.’ For the first time this series, the Thunder couldn’t rely on Kevin Durant. He scored 24 points with 12 rebounds and five assists, but went just 7-for-22 from the field and missed all eight of his 3-point tries. Westbrook bounced back from a well-documented fourth-quarter “benching” in Game 2 to score a game-high 30 points on 8-for-20 shooting but had seven turnovers. This time, Westbrook played the entire second half and scored 14 points in the final frame.”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    when you waste 4 straight possessions in clutch time….when KD was being guarded by Jason Kidd and you don’t even look his way (I’ll admit he’s gotta start demanding the rock more)…at that point the problem ain’t just trust, its coaching, basketball IQ….everything. The better coached team won.

  • J.C.

    @KD and Russ: Stop pulling up for jumpshots when you have Jason Kidd guarding you. Take it to the hole a few times, get to the line.

  • Jer dawg

    Westbrook has been most scrutinized player in playoffs this year. People telling him to pass the ball. They making him sound like young Kobe Bryant with all this talk. He’s a LA product & someone followed in his footsteps.

  • Waggle

    Perkins with the quotables this series.

  • fizzbucket

    Er, why is Perkins always running his mouth? Dude needs to shut up and play. And that time-out he randomly called last night was a bit over the top too.


    Im sorry but even at 38 Kidd can still play some D. He had like 9 steals in the past 2 games. didn’t he hold Kobe to like 17 the entire second round?


    But Perkins vs Chandler is just amazing. They’re pushing each other every time down the floor, cursing and shoving. Unfortunately Perking does not have the hops of Chandler.

  • flash

    sounds like perk is already missing celtics basketball

  • Heals

    Uh oh, we’ve seen what a lack of trust can do. Quick, someone give JJ B a heads up cause when teams lose trust he gets laid out…

  • Jono

    Why the flying f*ck does Durant not have the ball every single possession in the clutch? He can take Kidd one on one all day!

  • http://slamonline BossTerrry

    Perkins looks like Big Mike, from the Blind Side.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Perkins sure likes to talk

  • 2dope

    For a dude whos averaging 6 points a game he sure likes to talk.

  • dsleepy

    he isn’t wrong though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Starting centers these days suck
    Perk; avg 6 pts
    Noah; getting 1 point
    Chandler; is allright
    Miami doesn’t even have one.

  • toinefan88

    It would’ve made all the difference if the Thunder had #121 Tricky Dick McGuire.

  • Demigod

    Max – J. Anthony – 3pts but holding noah to 1 point . Damn . I’l take that any day.

  • Demigod

    all the B.S. aside How Bad is Westbrook. Damn.