Kendrick Perkins fires back at Warriors over Stephen Curry incident
The Golden State Warriors were not pleased with Kendrick Perkins over an incident with Stephen Curry on Sunday, and now the veteran big man is taking an opportunity to hit back at them.
Curry and Perkins got into it with each other during the Warriors’ Game 2 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers when the former tripped over the legs of the latter on an end-of-the-quarter three-point attempt from the corner. Perkins, who is inactive, was sitting on the Cavs bench at the time.
Steph Curry gets in Kendrick Perkins' face after Steph trips on Perk's legs on final shot of third quarter pic.twitter.com/ScS8FBFVRZ
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The Warriors were reportedly angry over the “dangerous” play and concerned that Curry could have suffered an ankle or knee injury as a result of Perkins not moving his legs out of the way.
On Tuesday, Perkins responded to those gripes in an interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
“I was just sitting there and [Curry] landed on my leg,” said the 33-year-old. “And he was standing over my leg and I don’t understand what people want me to do. He was like, ‘What you on?’ and I’m like, ‘What you mean what I’m on?’ I’m sitting over here.
“I don’t know why people keep wanting to pick battles this way,” Perkins continued. “Might want to choose that [expletive] wisely, man, [rather] than [bleeping] with me. I don’t think I’m the problem that they want, though, might want to pick another battle.”
Perkins, who has carried a reputation as an intimidator throughout his NBA career, has not played in a single game for the Cavs this postseason but has functioned as an assistant coach of sorts for them, yelling instructions from the bench. His vocal presence in the Finals previously made him a target of another Warriors player as well.