Kevin Durant jokingly blames Kendrick Perkins influence for his technical fouls

Kevin Durant was called Sunday for his third technical foul in Oklahoma City’s past three games, and the star forward sent a joke about it after the game.

kendrick-perkins-kevin-durantKendrick Perkins is recognized as one of the more fiery players in the league. He’s known for his cheap shots against opposing players, and he is never afraid to stand up his opponents. You remember in November when he and Zach Randolph reportedly rumbled by the locker rooms after they were ejected from a game? Yeah, that’s how Perk rolls.

Durant, you may recall, was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Nets after receiving two technical fouls for yelling at a referee. Sunday was his third tech, but he did manage 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in the 104-92 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Between Perk, Serge Ibaka, and now Durant living the thug life, the Thunder are assembling a roster full of hardened criminals. Watch out, rest of the league, you’re looking at the latest version of the Bad Boys.

Of course our job would not be complete without showing the sick double-crossover Durant used on DeMar DeRozan during the game:

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Kendrick Perkins hints that Russell Westbrook has become too self-absorbed

Kendrick-Perkins-Russell-Westbrook-ThunderFor every moment of greatness Russell Westbrook has with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he has another that frustrates the heck out of his teammates and the fans. When Westbrook is under control and not trying to force the issue, he is one of the best point guards in the NBA. On Christmas Day against the Miami Heat, he was not that guy.

Westbrook scored 21 points, but he was only 5-for-19 from the field. He turned the ball over five times while recording only three assists. He also tried to draw a foul shooting a three-pointer with the game on the line and didn’t get the call, so he threw a fit that resulted in a technical and sealed the win for Miami. After the game, Kendrick Perkins made some comments that were almost certainly directed at Westbrook.

“I just feel like … we just got to start getting back to who we are as individuals,” Perk told The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry. “Turning off the TV and stop looking at articles on ourselves and start just losing ourselves in the team a little bit more, then the sky’s the limit.

“We just got to start knowing what got us here and what each guy did to get us to this point. We just got to make sure we start knowing who we are and what we are and what we mean to this team as individuals and the rest will take care of itself.”

Two seasons ago, a Thunder veteran reportedly said that he believes Westbrook thinks he’s a better player than Kevin Durant. L.B. wrote at the time that he had a hunch the player was Perk, and these comments would seem to support that theory.

For the most part, Perkins is right. The Thunder play their best stretches of basketball when Westbrook focuses on being a point guard who can score — not a scorer who also happens to run the point. Fortunately for Oklahoma City, it’s still very early in the season. Oh yeah, and Westbrook is only 24 years old.

Kendrick Perkins to critics: Check my winning percentage

Many will argue that Kendrick Perkins has been a disappointment since the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired him from the Boston Celtics two seasons ago. Perkins has average just 5.1 points per game in exactly 100 games for the Thunder, which is a let-down for any fans who were expecting him to be an offensive force in the post. However, those who were expecting that type of production are not familiar with Perk’s game.

Perkins last two games (12 points against the Jazz, 10 points against the Hornets) were two of his better efforts this season. He held Al Jefferson to a modest 16 points on 7-for-18 shooting on Friday night, and snapped at reporters after the game for asking him where this Perkins has been hiding.

“They didn’t have to go through two off-season surgeries, either,” Perkins said according to The Oklahoman. “I mean, they’re going to say what they want to say. But at the end of the day I know what I’m doing. So whatever. Just check my winning percentage since I been here.”

With Boston, Perkins was known for his ability to protect the post and shut down opposing centers. He has also had to battle a major knee injury and work to get his confidence back.

“I’m just trying to do my job, man,” he explained. “It’s not a team where I’m going to be coming out here getting 10-plus points a night. I know that. So I just try to find different ways to get involved in the game, whether it’s picking up full court with (Russell Westbrook) to locking up the best post player that they got on their team. So I just try to come out and have an effect on the game.”

With the talent the Thunder have on offense, getting great defense from a player like Perkins should be more than enough.

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Zach Randolph, Kendrick Perkins reportedly in postgame altercation near locker rooms

Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins reportedly were involved in a postgame altercation on Wednesday night, though police deny that an incident took place.

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman tweeted about the postgame altercation following the Memphis Grizzlies’ 107-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“After getting ejected in the 4th quarter, Kendrick Perkins & Zach Randolph had an altercation near the locker rooms. Police investigating,” Mayberry tweeted.

“Police captain saying an altercation did not take place and there is no investigation underway,” he later reported.

Sounds like the police were trying to cover up whatever did take place, because Mayberry insisted something happened.

A different Oklahoman reporter added more details.

Below is a video of Perkins and Randolph being ejected late in the fourth quarter after trading words:

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Kendrick Perkins questions Thunder coaching after Game 4 loss

If LeBron James doesn’t get his ring this year, he may never get it. With a Game 4 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night, the Heat took a commanding 3-1 NBA Finals lead and are now one win away from the championship. Since winning Game 1 in impressive fashion, Oklahoma City has not been the same team. They came out firing in the first quarter Tuesday night but were completely outplayed the rest of the way. After the game, Kendrick Perkins implied that one of the main issues in Game 4 was coaching.

“I just don’t understand why we start out the first quarter the way we did, with the lineup that we had, and all of a sudden we change and adjust to what they had going on,” Perkins said according to Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports. “So, they won the last three quarters, and that’s what happened.”

Coaching was certainly an issue among many others. Miami came out flat and was able to adjust. The Thunder came out with Russell Westbrook absolutely scorching, and it remained that way for the rest of the game. Despite his 43 points, the Thunder could not manage a win.

You can blame coaching or blame Westbrook for his incredibly dumb foul toward the end of the game, but the bottom line is the Heat played much more balanced than the Thunder. Westbrook scored 43 and Kevin Durant scored 28. The rest of the team combined for 27 points. On the other side, Miami got 26 points from LeBron, 25 from Dwyane Wade, 25 from Mario Chalmers, and 13 from Chris Bosh. The Heat’s starting five was just plain better. Now, Oklahoma City fans are left hoping that LeBron guy that turtles in big games really does exist.

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LeBron James not apologizing to Kendrick Perkins for tweet about dunk

When Blake Griffin posterized Kendrick Perkins last week with one of the dunks of the year, LeBron James felt the need to tweet about it. As we found out earlier in the week, the tweet annoyed Perkins a great deal. Despite the fact that Perk ripped LeBron and said players like Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan would never do something like that, LeBron offered no apologies when asked about it on Wednesday.

“From day one, that’s why I got to Twitter, to connect to my fans,”James told the South Florida Sun Sentinel according to FoxSports.com. “I would never apologize for anything like that when I’m connecting with my fans.

“I can see why he may have felt embarrassed. (But) I don’t think I was the only one that reacted to that unbelievable play by Blake, and that’s what it was all about, me acknowledging how great of a play it was. If Kendrick Perkins had dunked on somebody else on the other end, I would have done the same thing.”

The tweet wasn’t exactly the end of the world, but there are plenty of other ways to connect with your fans than by showing up a fellow player. When someone gets dunked on, there is going to be plenty of stuff all over Twitter from fans and analysts. Heck, even T-shirts start being printed. Other players around the league don’t have to add to the embarrassment — especially the superstars.

Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron James for celebrating Blake Griffin’s dunk

Patience, Kendrick Perkins. The thunderous dunk Blake Griffin threw down on you last week will become old news soon enough. It was impressive, but there will be plenty more behind it throughout the rest of the regular season. But while it’s fresh, people are still going to ask you about it. During an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Perkins admitted the dunk was a “nice finish,” but talked about how he took exception to LeBron James’ tweet after it happened. Here is what the tweet read:

“Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6.”

Naturally, James was throwing in a plug for himself by referencing his dunk where he jumped over John Lucas. The tweet really got under Perkins’ skin.

“You don’t see Kobe (Bryant) tweeting,” Perkins said. “You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.

“They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel (James) is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”

Perk has a point. LeBron’s tweet would be better left to people like us — fans of the game. You could argue that he was just trying to give Griffin credit and was being modest, but these are the reasons players around the league don’t get along with James. He may have been praising Griffin, but there’s no need to show up another player in the process.