Kendrick Perkins has made it no secret that he is not a Stephen Curry fan, and it is no surprise that he seems to be celebrating the fact that the two-time NBA MVP came up short of winning a third consecutive championship this year.
After the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Perkins ranted on the “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show” podcast about how Curry continues to get “pass after pass after pass” for poor performances in big games.
Kendrick Perkins went IN on Steph lmao. pic.twitter.com/v0bpSl0h5T
— Boogie Bousins (@bansky) June 14, 2019
“I feel like it’s unfair because any other superstar in the league don’t get as many passes as Steph Curry,” Perkins said. “Steph Curry gets pass after pass after pass, and he never steps up to the big plate. Think about this, the shots that Klay Thompson hit tonight, they wasn’t just easy shots. He had two or three people on him at times.”
Perkins went on to call Curry an “all-time great” and said he is not trying to take anything away from him, but that seems to be exactly what he is doing. Perk also tweeted during Game 4 that he expected everyone to make excuses for Curry and say Thompson’s return had a negative impact on him.
I guess Klay return is messing up Steph rhythm? That will be the excuse everyone gives him tomorrow!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 8, 2019
Whether you want to label it an excuse or not, it does seem that people talk
a lot about nagging injuries every time Curry has a rough game in the postseason. He shot just 29.4 percent from three-point range over the last three games of the NBA Finals and 40.3 percent from the field overall. Curry was battling a finger injury that he admitted was an issue, but almost everyone is playing hurt to some degree in the playoffs.
All that said, it’s impossible for Perkins to convince anyone he is unbiased. His Cleveland Cavaliers teams lost to the Warriors twice in the NBA Finals, and he has a history of bad blood with Curry and some of his teammates. It makes sense that he pounced on the opportunity to bash Curry for a rough postseason.