NBA Finals Q&A: Kendrick Perkins — 'This series is not over.'

Darnell Mayberry talked with Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins after Tuesday's loss to the Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 20, 2012

Darnell Mayberry talked with Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins after Tuesday's loss to the Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Q: It seems like they make plays and you guys don't make plays. Was that the case again tonight?

A: I just don't understand why we start out the first quarter the way we did, with the lineup that we had, and all of a sudden we change and adjust to what they had going on. So they won the last three quarters, and that's what happened.

So you're talking about the group that went out there and got the 17-point lead wasn't out there long enough?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. So we just gotta make sure that we play together. The series is not over. We just have to keep taking it one game at a time. We win Thursday and we're back to Oklahoma City.

How difficult is this one considering the start that you guys got off to?

It's hard. I felt like we let our guard down. They made plays. They were getting defensive stops. They just started making plays. Every time we made a run, they kept striking back, kept punching. So after the first quarter, they never let the lead get out of control.

When it was a jump ball, Russell Westbrook may not have known that there were only five seconds on the shot clock and he didn't have to foul. Was everybody aware of the situation?

It's not his fault. Guys was on the floor and guys that was on the bench pulled everybody together and reminded everybody that there was five seconds on the shot clock and not to foul. But that wasn't the reason we lost the game. There wasn't (a) single play in the fourth quarter that lost the game. It was the plays throughout the game.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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