Despite Thursday night’s loss in Memphis, a bright spot for the Thunder was the play of Kendrick Perkins.
Leading a stingy interior effort that held Zach Randolph to 5-of-20 shooting, Perkins also contributed on the offensive end, compiling seven points and nine rebounds in limited opportunities.
But the most memorable moment of Perkins night came in the second quarter, when a loose ball left him in a seated position on Grizzlies reserve forward Mike Miller. Perkins remained there for a couple seconds, soaking in the opportunity to play bully.
Leading up to Saturday’s pivotal Game 4, we talked to Perkins about the strange scenario and more:
When you were sitting on Mike Miller last night, should that have been a foul?
“I don’t know how they was going to call it. I think I caught the ref off guard, too. But you try to do anything to win.”
You weren’t on him long, but did you enjoy that for a second or two?
“Yeah, it was different. And when I watched it, well sometimes it happens. It was in the moment.”
Ever done that before?
Did Miller say anything while you were sitting on him?
“Nah, he didn’t say nothing. Just kinda laid there.”
Was that your best individual game you’ve played in awhile? You contributed offensively, and Zach Randolph struggled on the other end.
“I was just trying to get the win. I think when you have a pretty good individual performance, it goes out the window when you take a loss...There’s obviously things I could do better, my pick-and-roll defense I need to clean up, so just try to keep building.”
What do you have to do to get this back to Oklahoma City 2-2?
“Just go out and play our basketball on both ends. I think our defense has been pretty good. We held a team to 98 points in an overtime game, that’s pretty good. On the offensive end, we gotta move the ball and we gotta make shots.”
Has Tony Allen changed any over the years?
“Nah, he’s still the same Tony Allen, been doing this since I’ve known him. The year I was in Boston, when we won it in (2008), he came in and gave Kobe Bryant the blues for his defensive effort. He’s a guy that’s going to come in and provide a lot of energy.”