OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins' presence helpful against Clippers

Thunder guard Reggie Jackson: “Perk takes a lot of bullying for us. He makes it easy. He brought that fire for us.”
by Berry Tramel and Anthony Slater Published: November 21, 2013

Kendrick Perkins missed the Thunder's 111-103 loss to the Clippers a week ago. He made a big difference this time.

In Los Angeles, the Clippers made 27 of 34 foul shots and shot 45.3 percent from the field. Thursday night in Oklahoma City, the Clippers got just 15 foul shots, their pick'n roll game was ineffective and they shot just 41.3 percent from the field.


“Perk takes a lot of bullying for us,” Thunder guard Reggie Jackson said. “He makes it easy. He brought that fire for us. Got us a little amped up.  Especially with his pregame speech, talking about us being dogs, going out there, being aggressive.”


While most labeled this the Thunder's best victory of the season, Jackson was not buying it.

“Definitely not,” he said. “We gotta 'em on a back-to-back.”

The Clippers beat Minnesota 102-98 Wednesday night.

“Their legs might be tired,” Jackson said. “They might have seemed a little gassed. We took advantage of it. Good to get another notch in our belt. It was a win. But if you meet 'em in the playoffs, everyone gets the same rest.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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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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