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Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins, Tony Allen have unpleasant exchange

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: May 1, 2011

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has long been known for being all-business on the court, and that includes coming across former teammates.

Perkins and Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen were together with the Boston Celtics for six seasons (2004-10).

When Allen, a former Oklahoma State standout, tried to extend pleasantries before Sunday's tipoff inside Oklahoma City Arena, Perkins refused.

"Umm, I ain't getting into any of that. It ain't even about that," Allen said when asked of the exchange. "It's bigger than that. It's about the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies."

The 114-101 victory for Memphis in Game 1 was the first time the Grizzlies have faced the Thunder with the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Perkins. Allen said OKC definitely has a different look with Perkins.

"He kind of scared me a few times going to the hole," Allen said. "I saw the big man coming."


Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant had 33 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and was guarded a majority of the time by either Allen or Shane Battier.

Asked how he tries to defend Durant, Allen said, "Just respecting him as much as you can on the court. You don't want to help as much when Westbrook is driving. You definitely don't want to get screened when you've got Perk coming to screen. Just respecting him (Durant) from all angles."


Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made five of his first six shots Sunday, then made four of his final 17 attempts to finish 9 for 23.

So far in the postseason, Westbrook is shooting 39.5 percent from the field (49 for 124), 33.3 percent from 3-point range (8 for 24) and is averaging 4.5 turnovers (27).


Given its dominance Sunday, Memphis obviously was feeling no fatigue from Friday night.

Though OKC hadn't played since Wednesday's clincher against Denver, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his team did not view Sunday as a unique opportunity to take advantage of the Grizzlies' busy schedule.

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