DALLAS – So much talk of Xs and Os, of double-teams and single-coverage, of offensive reads and defensive schemes.
Then there’s Kendrick Perkins, who knows what he’d like to adjust for the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 2 – attitude.
“It’s a matter of wanting to do it,” said the Thunder’s prickly center. “You’ve got to come from the beginning. It’s the Western Conference finals. We’ve fought so hard to get this far. I think it’s just a matter of heart and wanting to do it. It’s following what the coach says he wants to do in the defensive scheme and taking them out of the game. They did it to us yesterday, so we got to do it to them.
“We took possessions off and you can’t do that against a veteran team like Dallas that’s trying to win a title. I think now we’re going to play every possession like it’s the last one in the game. We’re gonna have no poor possessions on the offensive end, and we’re gonna make sure we get out to their shooters.
“We gave them everything that we wanted to take away as far as on the defensive end. Anything they wanted, they got. We talked about (J.J.) Barea and the impact that he could have coming off the bench. He had 21 points in 16 minutes. We talked about Jason Terry, taking him out of the game, and he had another 24 points. If we take 10 points from each guy, we still win the game and still live with Dirk (Nowitzki) having 48.”
Perkins also noted that he isn’t a big fan of Mavs’ center Tyson Chander and that was before the pair received a double-technical foul in the opening minutes of Game 1.
“Me and Tyson never got along,” he said. “I’m serious. He don’t like me. I don’t like him. And that’s pretty much how it’s been.”