OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins ready to meet Memphis again

Thunder big man knows his role involves physical play in the paint against Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 18, 2014

They’re the faces of this budding rivalry.

Without them, Thunder-Grizzlies is just another matchup in these Western Conference playoffs.

With them, this series balloons into a bear fight.

They’re the men behind the physical play and the short tempers and the unforgettable quotes.

“I don’t bluff.”

“I’ll beat yo’ (expletive).”

“I’ll meet you by the bus!”

Kendrick Perkins and Zach Randolph are what make the third postseason installment of Thunder-Grizzles must-see TV.

Everything from their low-post battles to their tongue lashings toward each other has colored the complexion of this series.

And nothing figures to be different in 2014.

“He loves it,” Thunder forward Serge Ibaka said of Perkins.

Ibaka called physical play Perk’s “swag,” using it to redefine the term role.

“He knows that’s what he does,” Ibaka said.

“We are a team where everybody does his job. When it’s time to score points, they know we got Kevin (Durant). When it comes to speed, Russell (Westbrook’s) got his swag. I got my arts. I’m blocking shots. I got something I love to do. I call it art because I love to block shots.”

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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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