Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am  |  15 responses

Kendrick Perkins Motivated in Game 3 By Criticism of His Defense

Kendrick Perkins was one of the main defensive anchors last night, as the OKC Thunder shut down the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3. Perkins had an even bigger chip on his shoulder than usual, due to round-the-clock criticism he’d heard following losses in the series’ first two games. Per NBA.com and the Oklahoman: “Kendrick Perkins turned and glared at TNT’s broadcast table. Apparently, the Thunder big fella had heard about the less-than-complimentary things the network announcers had said about his pick-and-roll defense in these Western Conference Finals. And apparently, he didn’t like it. After at least two first-half defensive stops aided by his play, Perkins stared down the broadcast crew. ‘Talk about that,’ he yelled. [...] Kendrick Perkins could hear the whispers on the street, the loud statements on TV from Charles Barkley. He could feel the heat from some of the critics who even suggested that Thunder coach Scott Brooks should take him out of the starting lineup. He was too slow and plodding to play in tandem on the front line with Serge Ibaka against the ball movement of the Spurs, too ineffective against Tony Parker’s drives on the pick and roll.’In that last game Parker was able to get in there and get off his shots pretty easy,’ Perkins said. ‘So tonight I said, ‘I want to see what you got.’ I wanted to challenge him. I wanted to make him really work for it.’ [...] Parker’s drop in production was the result of the OKC guards Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook fighting over screens and also Perkins stepping out on the pick and roll to cut off any path to the basket. ‘Me personally, I said I was gonna do a better job on the pick and roll,’ Perkins said. ‘I knew I had to come up. He was hitting. He was too comfortable. So I knew I had to come up on the screens. I watched Game 2 and seen what I needed to do a better job of. We all did a better job. I thought our guards got into the ball today and got over the screen, which helped a lot. We had active hands and we just played nice team defense.’”

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  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    That was funny to see last night. Then Reggie was saying he likes that kind of stuff. I suggest Reggie sit his little a$$ down before Perkins makes him his next meal.

  • http://aol.com The Iron Lung

    You can tell played and looked up to ‘/. Becausethey both are paper tigers and pick on little white guys. Perk was woofin at kerr last night. He is a B.A.N. y’all know what that is

  • ash

    I don’t understand how Perkins could be upset at Charles or any of the announcers; his defensive was poor in game 2. He knew that is why he made an adjustment.

  • LA Huey

    Whatever. He gets unwarranted praise for his defense all the time and when he’s legitmately atrocious, he catches feelings? And he’s on a team with a title shot in the playoffs, why would you care what people are saying unless they’re your teammates and coaches right now?

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=NO!+meme&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=L3l0ZW3D5dDSDM:&imgrefurl=http://forthesakeofscience Max

    So, Is Perk a good defender? why or why not?

  • http://slamonline rickster

    perkins ovarated

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    Lol B.A.N


    Perk plays D with his sad mug.

  • call me li

    A lot of hate on here. Poll the players and I guarantee a strong majority say he is a VERY EFFECTIVE defender. Celtics certainly know lol

  • http://Hoopshype.com/rumors Hossy

    Perkins is a studio gangsta

  • Sparker

    i believe dwight howard said no one in the league defends him better

  • http://aol.com The Iron Lung

    ,,^^^ that cause his lower body is as big as brook lopez and he only has one post move? Per is a bum. Kwame brown is better than him.And im not joking. And SJAX needs to rap real mfing g’s to perk next game…..

  • http://hoopspeak.com/2012/05/enough-about-lebron-and-his-fouls/ nbk

    Perkins is good at his role defensively. He’s horrendous against the pick and roll. And not very affective against face-up bigs. But he guards the post and protects the paint very well.

  • http://Www.achtamsterdam.nl Phil

    Plus he sets monster picks wich, if you have ever played ball, know is really key to an offense. He even enjoys it, wich is even better.

  • Reggie06

    Hate this fake though guy, glad hes on poster of the year