“It ain't like I'm a 36, 37 year old man,” Perkins said. “I'm just 29 myself. So I'm just not really willing to take a backseat just yet.”
Perkins, however, understands that his production dictates his playing time. And he's currently trying to revert to the days where he was not only dominant defensively but also a threat to finish plays with regularity offensively.
“I don't know if you noticed, but I've been a little bit more aggressive these last couple of games on the offensive end,” Perkins said. “That's what I'm about to get back to.”
Limited opportunities can partly explain Perkins' offensive struggles. When he averaged a career-high 10.1 points in Boston during the 2009-10 season, he attempted 6.7 shots per game. This season, Perkins is down to 3.4 attempts per game, his lowest average since his second season.
“It's definitely a different transition,” Perkins said. “You could go some nights where you'll probably get one shot. And if you don't get it off the offensive rebound, it'd be some nights that you probably don't get no shots. And I'm cool with that, to sacrifice that. I don't really need any points to trigger myself into being a defensive anchor. I just got to go out there and do what I can do.”
Perkins said he analyzes his play on 10-game intervals. Thus, the Thunder's game against San Antonio on Wednesday will, in a sense, be a fresh start.
He'll try to make the most of it.
“Over these next 10 games, if I'm playing 20 minutes I'll try to go out there and at least average six (points) and six (rebounds),” Perkins said. “I think that's a fair number. Obviously get my blocks up and try to get me two assists a game.”