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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins says OKC in need of reality check

Kendrick Perkins had a message for his teammates following the Thunder's 103-97 Christmas Day loss at Miami.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Published: December 25, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha, left, and Kendrick Perkins, right, defend against Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) ORG XMIT: FLJC104
Oklahoma City Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha, left, and Kendrick Perkins, right, defend against Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) ORG XMIT: FLJC104

Kendrick Perkins had a message for his teammates following the Thunder's 103-97 Christmas Day loss at Miami.

Get over yourselves.

“I just feel like — never overreacting to a loss — we just got to start getting back to who we are as individuals,” Perkins said. “Turning off the TV and stop looking at articles on ourselves and start just losing ourselves in the team a little bit more than the sky's the limit.”

Perkins did not single out any of his teammates but said the focus, as a team, needs to be on maintaining what it is that's made OKC successful early this season.

“We just got to start knowing what got us here and what each guy did to get us to this point,” Perkins said. “We just got to make sure we start knowing who we are and what we are and what we mean to this team as individuals and the rest will take care of itself.”

TEMPERS FLARE IN MIAMI

With 10:52 left to play Tuesday, a brawl nearly broke out between the Thunder and Heat after Shane Battier and Dwyane Wade delivered a hard foul on Russell Westbrook to stop a transition basket.

The contact, and Westbrook's momentum, sent the Thunder guard crashing into the basket support. He immediately got up and charged at Battier but quickly backed up. Battier, who fell into the crowd under the basket, rose to his feet and charged back at Westbrook, appearing to chest bump him.

The play initially was called a flagrant foul but was ruled a common foul following video review. Wade and Serge Ibaka were called for technical fouls after jawing and light shoving ensued.

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