Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins still gets fired up to play his old team the Boston Celtics

With his usual post defense unnecessary against a Celtic void of much post presence or pick-and-roll threat, Kendrick Perkins resorted to offense Sunday night in the Thunder's 119-96 rout of Boston. Perk had a season-high 12 points and six rebounds.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 5, 2014
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Only the uniforms are the same. Even Rondo was in street clothes, still recovering from knee surgery.

“That was my first trade,” Rondo said. “Some trades are more difficult than others. That trade in particular. Perk was the guy, on road trips, always go get something to eat, always play cards together, we was always together, like brothers.

“The time you spend with each other, you can't really get that time back. So it was difficult. But as you said, it is part of the business.”

Perkins said he actually enjoyed playing the faceless Celtics instead of his old friends.

“It felt weird,” Gran Torino said. “It felt better. I could compete more. I ain't got to be out there being extra-friendly, because I don't know none of the guys and I don't know the coach.

“The only people I know is the people that still work in the organization. Make it a whole lot easier on my end to go out there and compete and still have that kill mentality.”

After the game, Rondo was in the stands, chatting with Perkins' family. And Durant was talking about that between-the-legs pass.

“I think I liked that between-my-legs pass better than my behind-the-back,” Durant said. “I tried to bring that one out. He made me look good.”

And Perkins didn't even know that the pass sailed between Durant's legs.

“He did that tonight?” Perkins asked. “I don't know. KD been throwing some passes lately. You never know what to expect out him. He been getting cute sometimes, so you never know.”

But this you'll know. Celtic green still motivates Perkins.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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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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