OKC Thunder: Q&A with center Kendrick Perkins

The Thunder's big men, including Kendrick Perkins, have been key to this NBA Playoffs series with Dallas.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 4, 2012

Absolutely. When you see them pressuring the ball and stuff like that, absolutely it does. Sometimes, I catch myself following their lead defensively, and it just carries.

What do you have to do different defensively against a guy like Dirk? Do you have to reach into a different bag of tricks against him?

You just can't leave him, I know that. You've got to know where he is at all times on the court. And he's different because he's 7-foot, he can shoot the lights out, but not only that, he makes tough plays. So the best thing to do is deny him the ball as much as you can. You really don't want him to touch it.

A big, tall 7-footer — is it possible to lose him?

When he's playing behind the three, sometimes it is. (Laughs.)

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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