Thunder Q&A: Kendrick Perkins dreamed about playing Celtics in NBA Finals

Before the Celtics' Game 7 against Miami, OKC's Kendrick Perkins spoke of going through the trade, who he'd rather face in the finals and dreaming about a matchup with Boston.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 9, 2012

Is it harder to face a team in the finals you aren't as familiar with?

Once you get to the finals, it's just about will and heart. You could do all the scouting that you want to do to try to get ready but at the end of the day, you work so hard to get here that it's just coming from within. You've just got to dig deep. Game 4 or 5, you'll see guys getting tired because of the season being long or whatever but it's just digging deep and seeing who wants it more.

You dreamed about playing Boston in the finals. How did it end?

I don't know, I woke up. Real talk, I woke up so I don't know. That's a hard question.

How much has this team matured since you arrived?

I think guys have learned. I just kind of sit back and just kind of play my role. Even last year, making it to the Western Conference Finals, I think guys knew what it'd take to get to where we needed to go. We've been helping the helper well, guys have been paying close attention to detail, to the little things, and we've just been doing it. You could tell these guys have got older, matured a lot throughout this last year and a half.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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