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OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins, Joakim Noah have heated postgame exchange

Following the Thunder's win over Chicago on Thursday night, the starting centers for both teams got into a brief but heated exchange inside the Thunder's locker room.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: December 19, 2013

Following the Thunder's win over Chicago on Thursday night, the starting centers for both teams got into a brief but heated exchange inside the Thunder's locker room.

Bulls center Joakim Noah accompanied friend and Thunder starter Thabo Sefolosha into Oklahoma City's dressing room. Perkins immediately took exception.

“They let anybody into the locker room, huh?” Perkins shouted after spotting Noah at the entrance of the dressing room while seated at his locker.

Russell Westbrook, from across the room, soon chimed in.

Noah then addressed Perkins directly, asking if he wanted him to leave and saying if Perkins wanted him out he would leave. Perkins, still seated, responded with an obscenity-laced retort, which he capped by saying “Get yo' (expletive) up out of here.”

Team officials and security quickly huddled in an attempt to diffuse the rapidly escalating situation. Noah remained at the entrance of the locker room for a brief moment before exiting.

Reporters later saw Perkins and Noah briefly exchange words once more in the hallway when they crossed paths.

3-POINTERS FALL FOR THUNDER

During an impressive run through the early season slate, it's been hard to find flaws in this Thunder team.

But OKC's lack of 3-point shooting has clearly been its most glaring one.

Entering Thursday night, the Thunder ranked 26th in the NBA, making only 32.9 percent of its threes — a number far off last year's 37.7 percent clip, good for third in the NBA.

But during its 107-95 win over the Bulls, OKC hit 9-of-15 from deep.

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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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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