It seems as though Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kendrick Perkins doesn’t need to leave the bench in order to stir up drama.
After a verbal altercation with Draymond Green in Game 1, Perkins got into it with Stephen Curry in Game 2. After not moving his leg on the sideline, Curry tripped over his foot and took exception to the perceived dirty move.
The Warriors voiced their displeasure with Perkins and the Cavs. After an out-of-control J.R. Smith collided with Klay Thompson’s leg in Game 1, the Perkins incident seems to be viewed as a tactical decision by the Cavs in the Warriors eyes.
But Kendrick Perkins isn’t buying the complaints of the Warriors, and he’s tired of them talking trash to him on the bench.
Via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:
“I don’t know why people keep wanting to pick battles this way,”
“Might want to choose that [expletive] wisely, man, [rather] than [bleeping] with me. I don’t think I’m the problem that they want, though, might want to pick another battle.”
For his part, Curry didn’t seem too concerned about his own health after his run-in with Perkins. After tripping, he turned around to immediately square up and inquire on whether or not the Cavs big man was going to be playing that evening.
But for the rest of the team, the well-being of Curry’s lower body and ankles in particular is the top priority.
There’s no doubting that Perkins chose to not move intentionally, as a backpedaling Curry stunted in front of the Cavs bench. There also is probably some gamesmanship here on behalf of the Warriors, trying to plant a seed with the refs to monitor for anything involving lower body collisions. Because if there’s one thing the Warriors haven’t got in this series, it’s calls.