The Thunder has toyed with this disturbing trend throughout the playoffs. Oklahoma City has trailed after one quarter in 11 of its 15 games this postseason. But this was as bad as it's ever been. “Tonight, we didn't trust each other,” said Kendrick Perkins. “We just got to have trust in each other. That's the bottom line.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is Kendrick Perkins a touch too assertive right now?
Yes, he has playoff experience. Yes, he has a championship. Yes, he has a tell-it-like-it-is personality.
Still, it's a bit harsh to publicly declare that the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t trust each other in game three.
Perkins, after all, is new. He joined the Thunder at the trade deadline. He’s a valuable player, but hardly a superstar. That role belongs to Kevin Durant, who isn’t calling out teammates to reporters.
So why should Perkins?
Another question: why is Perkins calling a timeout early in the third quarter of game three? That's the coaching staff's job. Only a few great players can get away with calling for a stoppage in play.
To be fair: I like the burly center. I like the simplicity of his game. If healthy, he’s probably the difference between the Boston Celtics winning and losing game seven of the 2010 NBA Finals.
He just needs to take it down a notch.
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