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OKC Thunder notebook: Game 2 has added importance with break

A victory would be beneficial to Thunder with three-day break to adjust to absence of Russell Westbrook.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 6, 2013

Perkins had to defend 7-foot-1, 265-pound center Marc Gasol while Ibaka was assigned to 6-foot-9, 260-pound power forward Zach Randolph. Gasol and Randolph are considered the NBA's elite frontcourt combination.

Selected as Defensive Player of the Year, Gasol finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Randolph had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Perkins did finish with seven rebounds, while Ibaka had five rebounds and three timely blocked shots.

“I guess we were just locked in on defense,” Perkins said, trying to explain the combined 2 for 16. “Some of the shots Serge had, he's going to make them. … I was just impressed with Serge on how he didn't get down. He kept digging deep and playing defense. I thought that was huge. It just shows he's growing up, shows maturity.”


Memphis missed 13 shots in the lane and surprisingly was outscored 36-32 in the paint.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins was asked what his team could do to improve those numbers in Game 2.

“We're working on it right now,” Hollins said. “We told everybody to go make 100 layups. Come on, man. It's just basketball. They've got two big guys (Perkins and Nick Collison) in there who are really pounding on people, and they've got another big guy (Ibaka) who's coming across the top trying to block shots. That's what makes them a very good team. I'm being funny here, but the more disappointing thing was we missed 10 free throws (14 for 24). We make free throws, we still win the game.

“The game just broke a certain way. I will have a thought in my mind on how I want things to work, but then as the game breaks, it's like horse racing. Sometimes you find yourself out there and you're ahead all alone. You don't slow the horse down and let everybody catch up. You just keep running the race.”


Perkins on the criticism he receives: “You've got probably one out of every 15 (people) that probably say something negative, or say something about, ‘He don't do this' or ‘He don't do that' instead of just appreciating what you bring to the table. At the end of the day, it is what it is. Grandpa always told me, ‘A pair of lips can say anything.' ”