“She talked about being a physical team. She said you need to do that more. She talked about (Kendrick) Perkins needs to chill out on his technicals. She nailed it. She nailed everything. The only thing she didn't talk about was turnovers. Whatever she needed, we were going to let her do. She was terrific.”
Perkins has changed his tune.
Initially the only Thunder player to defend World Peace's vicious elbow to Harden immediately after Sunday's game, Perkins on Tuesday reversed course and called World Peace out of line.
“During the game, I didn't really get a chance to see the play until I got home that night,” Perkins said. “And that was just uncalled for. So I really don't have any sympathy for a guy that does something like that. He could have really hurt James in a serious way. Anytime you do an intentional blow like that to the head it's just uncalled for.”
Durant said before Tuesday's game that he expects Harden to be available for the Thunder's first-round playoff series.
“Seeing him (Tuesday), he looked good,” Durant said. “So we'll see.”
Royal Ivey added that Harden is in “good spirits” and Durant said the sixth man seemed to be his normal self.
“Just seeing him around, he was cool,” Durant said. “He looked fine and was talking fine. It's just a matter of whenever the doctor's clear him. Hopefully everything”'s fine.”
If OKC and Miami finish the regular season with the same records and advance to the NBA Finals, the Thunder would get home-court advantage in the NBA Finals by virtue of having a better record against the opposing conference. OKC went 13-5 against the East and the Heat went 11-7 against the West. The team split 1-1 in the regular season.
The Thunder likely will unveil its second straight Northwest Division championship banner before Wednesday night's season finale against Denver. … Russell Westbrook (1 for 7) and Durant (0 for 3) were a combined 1 for 10 from the field in the second quarter. … OKC 15-3 after a loss this season. Only Chicago has a better record at 15-1. … Despite Tuesday's game having no bearing on the Thunder's No. 2 playoff seed and Sacramento entering with a 21-43 record, the Thunder's home sellout streak remains alive at 46 straight, including all 32 home games this season. … Thunder is 26-6 at The Peake. San Antonio and Miami have the league's best home records at 28-5.