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OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins, Scott Brooks weigh in on Boris Diaw saying OKC gave up

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks on Diaw’s comments: “He’s entitled to his opinion. One of the things I know about our team as well as anybody, we’re not quitters. We don’t give up. If he feels like we quit, that’s on him.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 23, 2014

Asked how much he hated Thunder center Steven Adams on a scale of one to 10, Allen made it clear that he doesn’t appreciate the way Adams plays the game. Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was suspended for Game 7 for what the NBA ruled was a punch to Adams’ jaw in Game 6.

“Oh, man. I’m almost over that, man,” Allen said. “I’m like 50. I’m like 50 right now. Because that’s one of his tactics. You don’t have to just play. That’s a measly guy. You don’t have the shine to do that. You guys up throwing cheap shots, things of that nature.

“It’ll catch back up with him. Somebody gonna probably hit him and it’s not gonna be a push next time. He better be careful who he doing that stuff to. You know what I mean? It’s for real. If Z-Bo would’ve really punched him, he would have been, you know…”

The radio host said, “Out?”

“Exactly,” Allen said. “He playing those cheap shot games. It’s gonna catch up with him.”

Allen was then asked about Durant. Although complimentary, Allen shared his thoughts on how Durant could be more dangerous.

“I think if Kevin Durant had the mentality that three things are going to happen, I’m going to score, get fouled or get an assist, and put the pressure on (defenders) like Westbrook, his mentality, I think the series go a whole different way,” Allen said. “I don’t think Durant be aggressive enough. It should be smooth sailing for him...I just think he gifted. He’s 6-10 with a jumper like that and a handle like that. I just believe you could put more pressure on a defense.”


San Antonio has outscored Oklahoma City by 52 points in the first two games of the Western Conference Finals. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that is the largest scoring differential in the history of the first two games of a conference finals.


Brooks after Game 1 on Ibaka — “Contrary to what San Antonio was thinking, he’s not coming back. He’s not coming through those doors. He’s not coming back. He’s not coming back.”


Presti on Friday on Ibaka’s recovery — “His progress in the last several days has been surprising. I don’t think any of us thought we’d be standing here talking about this. We’re grateful that we are. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to have him back. But we also can’t definitively say he’s going to miss the entire postseason, either.”