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Kendrick Perkins gets some team meeting Karma in Game 2

May 4, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

Thunder's Durant gets a pat on the head from teammate Perkins after their Western Conference NBA basketball playoffs against the Nuggets in Oklahoma City Reuters

We only hear about the players-only meetings that work. They happen plenty around the NBA — the Cavaliers had them during their record losing streak — and they don’t usually work. But when they do, those meetings get a disproportional amount of credit.

That brings us to the tale of Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant, as told by Marc Spears at Yahoo.

After watching the Memphis Grizzlies batter his Oklahoma City Thunder in the opener of the teams’ second-round series, Kendrick Perkins(notes) knew something needed to change. So he encouraged Kevin(notes) to gather the team together … and watch the game again.

Durant took Perkins’ suggestion and arranged for a players-only dinner at his house on Monday night. The team dined on a Thanksgiving-worthy spread prepared by Durant’s personal chef and watched every minute of OKC’s disheartening loss to the Grizzlies. The players stopped the video at times to discuss specific breakdowns. By the end of the evening, they were in agreement on what needed to be done to improve.

I’m pretty sure Scotty Brooks had some ideas about what needed to be done to improve, too.

But maybe the meeting helped supply some needed defensive energy and an edge of desperation. The Thunder did play harder. Serge Ibaka took away Zach Randolph’s room to operate, the Thunder pushed back and they evened the series at 1-1. Still a long way to go, but the Thunder looked like the Thunder in Game 2. Now we see how the Grizzlies adjust.

Maybe Memphis should have a team meeting….

  1. rickmirer - May 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Time to stop riding Perkins jock PBT. He hasn’t changed the world and barely changed the Chunder, drop it already

    • rapmusicmademedoit - May 4, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      Perkins is really overrated, he has no offensive game. Kobe will mess him up, real bad.

  2. oumoonunit - May 4, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Perkins was worth every penny. Everyone knew his offensive game was nonexistent when he got traded. He was brought in to add toughness and size to a soft undersized team. That is exactly what he did. He is what allowed Ibaka to play power forward, so he changed the Thunder and helped a lot.

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