OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins tells critics 'check my winning percentage'

THUNDER NOTEBOOK — Beyond his recent performance, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has plenty to say to critics of his performance thus far this season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 1, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) slam dunk in front of New Orleans Hornets forward Ryan Anderson (33), forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0), guard Greivis Vasquez (21) and center Robin Lopez (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAGH109
Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) slam dunk in front of New Orleans Hornets forward Ryan Anderson (33), forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0), guard Greivis Vasquez (21) and center Robin Lopez (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAGH109

“We wanted to give him some games down there, some minutes down there, and I think he's done a great job,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “I'm really excited about what he's able to do. He's able to fill the stat sheet up. He shot the ball well. He passed the ball. He rebounded. And we all know how tough he is on the defensive end…We want all of our guys to go down there and get better and I think he did that.”

Brooks said he doesn't know how long Liggins will be with the team before another possible D-League assignment. But he said rookie forward Perry Jones III likely will be next in line to be sent to Tulsa for a chance to play minutes.

“Soon,” Brooks said when asked when PJ3 might be assigned.

ONWARD AND UPWARD

After a record-setting 13-4 record in November, the Thunder is hoping to carry over that momentum to a much lighter 13-game December schedule.

Three keys for the month, Brooks said, include defending the 3-point line, improving the defensive rebounding and guarding the pick-and-roll better.

The Thunder finished in the top third of the league in 3-point defense for November, giving up just 33.9 percent from behind the arc.

But OKC ranked 25th in opponent offensive rebounds at 12.2 per game.

“Rebounding is always key for us,” Brooks said. “If we can rebound we can get out in transition and score.”

NO CONTEST

Prior to Saturday's game at New Orleans, the Thunder was thrashing recent opponents.

In its previous six victories, Oklahoma City won by an average of 16.7 points. That margin included two overtime victories, a seven-point win and a six-point win. But it also included a record-setting 45-point drubbing against Charlotte last Monday.

The Thunder entered the Hornets game leading the league in point differential at plus-9.2. New Orleans ranked second-to-last at minus-5.8.

By Darnell Mayberry

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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