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Thunder’s Perkins motivated by Kerr’s correct criticism

Jun 1, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins AP

Steve Kerr and the TNT broadcast crew called it like it was — Kendrick Perkins struggled on defense the first two games of the Thunder’s series against San Antonio. He was not able to contain Tony Parker when he showed out on pick-and-rolls, he did not recover fast enough to keep up with a rolling Tim Duncan.

If you watched the broadcast of Game 3, you heard Kerr and the broadcast crew refer to Perkins staring them down and calling them out. From the Oklahoman.

After at least two first-half defensive stops aided by his play, Perkins stared down the broadcast crew.

“Talk about that,” he yelled.

Thing is, Perkins played a lot better in Game 3. Like the rest of the Thunder defense. Because the Thunder switched everything Perkins even got isolated on Parker a couple times and shut the speedy French point guard down. Perkins blocked a Manu Ginobili jumper. That’s not his forte — OKC brought him in because they thought they’d be matching up with Andrew Bynum right now — but in Game 3 he was fantastic.

And the TNT crew acknowledged it.

Whatever you’ve got to do to get motivated. But should we really be blaming the TNT crew here? As KD at Ball Don’t Lie noted and reported, Perkins himself admitted after Game 2 he struggled.

“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.”

Game 4 in this series is going to be interesting. Very interesting.

  1. acdc363 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Perk you probably should have started challenging him in game 1 not game 3.

    • huey88 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      At least he’s challenging..they’re still in this series.

    • moseskkim - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Don’t forget this guy has a messed up hip. Even with good hips he should have no chance against Parker and ginobili’s speed.. And everyone knows he gives his best effort every game. Perhaps the okc crowd gave him some extra energy/adrenaline. And obviously he used kerrs analysis as extra motivation. Kudos perk!

  2. huey88 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Good to see a player take criticism and use it in a good way instead of complaining and making excuses or trying to take a shot at someone.

  3. cakemixa - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Sure use it for motivation. But is it really necessary to stare down the play by play guys who are just calling it how they see it? A little sensitive / insecure are we?

  4. jh4prez - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Perkins is a head case.

  5. gdiii20 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    He’s a nobody…

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM


  7. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Oh Kendrick Perkins? Staring down a Hall of Famer in Reggie Miller, A Hall of Fame broadcaster in Marv Albert and a guy with 5 rings in Steve Kerr.

    Hey Kendrick…why don’t you STFU and play basketball instead of acting like a moron on the floor. I thought he looked so stupid staring at the guys in the broadcast booth. What a complete fool!!!!

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      He’s a tool. Obviously very insecure.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        It might have been pretty funny if it weren’t so sad. He could have jokingly done something. But to give that serious stare, as if the announcers had said ANYTHING wrong, was pretty weak.

    • letangusespertplus - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      reggie no rings miller

  8. teambringitstrong - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    1. Have you ever seen KP smile?
    2. It’s not a broadcast booth if they are at a table courtside.
    3. All you folks with this cyber courage, step out and say it to KP’s face.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      OK so if he can beat me up in a fight, then anything he does can’t be commented upon by me? LOL you are an even bigger putz than Perkins.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      4. Has he EVER committed a foul?

  9. dgforreal - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Love how people are calling him out for the staring when EVERYONE from superstar to scrub does this stuff.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Pop will adjust, Perkins will go right back to getting beat off the pick and roll when they reverse it with Duncan out high, Sefolosha will go right back to scoring 4 points instead of that aberration last night.

    Spurs win Game 4 and close it out at home.

    • jrillah10 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      You’re a tool. Perkins is the least of the Spurs concerns. Parker was locked up last nigh along with Ginobli. You act like Sefolosha was lighting it up. By the way Westbrook only scored 10. This isn’t a Spurs gave one away or they were resting. They got dominated and destroyed. All that flopping and crying isn’t going to help them close out the series. Duncan out high? If I were the Thunder, I’d let him shoot all day. He’s been terrible in the playoffs. I’m not saying they don;t win the series, but they are not closing this out in 5.

  11. obijuan13 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    It’s a good thing that they didn’t mention his Pharaoh facial hair! ;D

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