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

San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw raised eyebrows after Game 2 against the Thunder when he told reporters he thought Oklahoma City gave up early in that game.

On Friday, the Thunder responded.

“He can say what he want to say. They had a little run,” said Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. “And he might be right, but he still need to worry about what the Spurs doing.”

Thunder coach Scott Brooks dismissed Diaw’s claim.

“He’s entitled to his opinion,” Brooks said. “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. But I know we’re here for a reason.

“We’re a good basketball team. Did we play well? Absolutely not. We’re all disappointed in the way we played. We all could have done a better job, including myself. But we’re looking forward to Sunday to get back out there and lace it up and play much better and give a better 48-minute performance.”

With the Thunder trailing by 29 points with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter, Brooks pulled guard Russell Westbrook and forward Kevin Durant for good.

SPURS NOT SURPRISED BY IBAKA NEWS

The Spurs never thought Thunder forward Serge Ibaka would miss any time in the Western Conference Finals.

So naturally, they weren’t surprised to hear the news that his left calf strain has healed enough that there is a possibility he could now return to this series.

“Big surprise for us,” Spurs forward Danny Green sarcastically told San Antonio reporters. “We prepared for this series as if he were going to play Game 1. We didn’t think he was going to be out long, if at all. Day-to-day means he’s probably going to be back.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich responded with an equal amount of sarcasm.

“Shocked,” he said. “So surprised. Like I told you from the beginning, I knew Sammy (Presti). We knew he’d be back. And that’s good. Nobody would wish it on anybody to miss the playoffs. We’ve had guys miss playoffs before, and it’s obviously a downer. So if he gets back in, and I’m sure he will as I’ve said from the beginning, I think it’s great.”

TONY ALLEN CALLS OUT STEVEN ADAMS, KEVIN DURANT

Memphis guard Tony Allen had plenty to say about the Thunder during a radio segment Friday.

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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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