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Kendrick Perkins wants to guard Rajon Rondo when Thunder face the Celtics

Nov 23, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

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Plenty of story lines are in play when the Thunder face the Celtics, as they will Friday night in Boston, due to the 2010 deal between the two teams that saw Kendrick Perkins and Jeff Green trade places.

Both players were thought at the time to be untouchable members of each team’s core, with Perkins being the bruiser on a championship-contender, and Green being a piece that meshed perfectly with the rest of OKC’s young talent, who was on its journey to become one.

Green doesn’t seem that interested in facing his former team, preferring instead to focus on the opportunity he has in Boston. And Perkins? He just wants to have some fun with it.

From John Rohde of the Oklahoman:

One of Rondo’s closest friends is Thunder center and ex-teammate Kendrick Perkins, who has defended the other team’s point guard on occasion this season in hopes of taking opponents out of their normal offensive flow.

Asked if Perkins was going to check Rondo tonight, Brooks smiled and said: “Absolutely. Perk is begging me to do that. That would be fun. I’m sure the fans would love to see Perk getting down in his defensive stance, pressuring the ball. I don’t know how fun that would be for me watching it.”

We’ll see how serious both Perkins and Brooks are about trying to make this happen.

While Perkins has defended point guards this season, Rondo is far above average, and would likely have his way in that matchup, while making sure to toy with Perkins in the process.

You could see it happening on a switch off of a high pick and roll or something, but lining up Perkins to check Rondo in a straight up man-to-man defensive situation — even for just a single possession — would be basketball suicide.

  1. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Perkins can’t even guard centers, how is he going to guard Rondo? That being said, OKC is gonna beat the C’s like they stole something. The East stinks. Boston would be a 7th or 8th seed in the West.

    • j0esixpack - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      That’s all well and good but if you took the time to read your fellow Laker fan and PBT writer’s article from earlier in the day you’d know that the Thunder traded Perkins away

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/23/jeff-green-finally-to-face-former-teams-and-he-yawns/

      • j0esixpack - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        Ah.. Looks like the Thunder did an overnight trade to get Perkins back. And just in time to face his former team!

  2. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Maybe I exaggerated…they would be a 6 or 7 seed.

    • Alex Till - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Are you for real? Coming from a guy called lakerluver that’s funny. The Celtics took the Heat to a 7th game in a series they could’ve won last season if Wade was called for the foul on Rondo at the end of regulation in game 2. All that happened while your Lakers got their ass kicked 4-1 by the Thunder. XD

      • hehateme2 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        Keep dreaming…. the celticks were lucky to be on the same floor as the Champion Heat. Chokers!

  3. jjordannba - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I’m sure Rondo wants this too

  4. themagicfanguy - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    @lakerluver As a magic fan, I’ve watched many games in person at Amway. One thing I can tell you is Perkins CAN guard Dwight Howard, I’ve seen it many times. It’s the main reason Boston matched up well against the magic in the past. He may struggle a lot, but if he’s motivated Perkins can guard most centers quite well.

  5. dko83 - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I agree, he can guard Dwight, we’ve all seen it. Sometimes he’ll get torched but it’s more about the luxury of not having to send a double when you play against a dominant center.

    As far as guarding Rondo.. come on, Perk. He will get lit up.

  6. drewdatwit84 - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    the East stinks, hmm? evidently someone forgot who the NBA champions are and in which conference they reside.

  7. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I’ve also watched Perkins play D and I think he’s vastly overrated. He’s slow, and he doesn’t block shots. I know defense is more than that but honestly Perk doesn’t do much. Containing Dwight now that Dwight has some help is going to be much harder. Especially when Nash returns and the LAKERS are running pick & rolls. Perk will be in foul trouble by the end of the 1st qrt.

  8. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    @drew84
    Come on, dude, the East wins once every 5 years. The West at the moment has four contenders for the title- the Spurs, OKC, Clips, and Memphis. And by the time the playoffs start the LAKERS will also be in that group. The East has Miami. The Knicks, Nets and Celtics are pretenders.

    • paulwoodsby - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:35 AM

      The west is definitely the toughest. Putting aside NBA finals (last year at least) and the all-star game (great individual stars on both sides of the country), the west dominates. Most of the trash teams are in the east. Even the Lakers would be doing better if they played more eastern conference teams.

  9. boston444 - Nov 23, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    @lakerluver
    Yeah cause the Lakers did SO good when they had Nash earlier in the season

  10. j0esixpack - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    To read these comments you’d think the Celtics had no chance to beat the Thunder, and the Lakers are tearing up the West, showing how dominant they are. These can’t be good times for lakerluvr/bozosforall

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