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OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins doesn't regret being on receiving end of Blake Griffin's dunk

NBA — Kendrick Perkins puts himself in a position to contest everything around the basket. Unfortunately, sometimes that puts him in a position to be dunked on, like on Monday in Los Angeles.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: February 2, 2012

By no means are we suggesting that Perkins deserves credit for that. But challenging the shot does indeed require some sort of recognition. Call it an occupational hazard, one that Perkins gladly ignored for the greater good.

Now, there are all sorts of questions that could be asked in the aftermath. Some won't be known for weeks, if not months.

But for a player who has a history of making up all kinds of things to be mad at to use as a source for motivation — remember, he hates “everything” about L.A. Lakers forward Pau Gasol just because — how will he now perform now that he has been dealt a definite dose of inspiration?

Is somebody now going to have to pay?

We'll soon find out. But this much we know.

Perk has the support of his team, and that's not going to change one bit.

“Anytime you guys ask me about my teammate getting dunked on or crossed up or a shot that's made on him, it's a bad play for me,” said Kevin Durant. “I don't like it.”

Thunder vs. Grizzlies

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena

TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722)

Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM

Three things to know

* This is the third of four regular-season meetings between these two teams. The Thunder is 2-0 against Memphis. The first two games were played in Memphis. The Thunder won the first game inside FedExForum by three points and took the second game by five.

* Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha has missed two straight games with a sore right foot. He is questionable for Friday night's game against Memphis.

* The Thunder is 8-1 at home. Memphis was 4-7 on the road before Thursday's game at Atlanta. After this game, the Thunder hits the road for five straight games.

Projected starters

Thunder (17-4)

Pos.; Player; Ht.; Pts.; Reb.; Ast.

G; Russell Westbrook; 6-3; 21.9; 4.8; 5.7

G; Daequan Cook; 6-5; 5.0; 2.2; 0.2

F; Kevin Durant; 6-9; 26.6; 8.1; 3.1

F; Serge Ibaka; 6-10; 7.3; 6.9; 0.6

C; Kendrick Perkins; 6-10; 4.8; 5.8; 0.7

Grizzlies (11-10)

Pos.; Player; Ht.; Pts.; Reb.; Ast.

G; Mike Conley; 6-1; 12.9; 2.6; 7.2

G; Tony Allen; 6-4; 10.2; 3.4; 0.7

F; Rudy Gay; 6-8; 17.9; 6.5; 2.0

F; Marreese Speights; 6-10; 7.7; 5.8; 0.9

C; Marc Gasol; 7-1; 14.9; 10.6; 2.9

* Stats and records are through Wednesday's games.