‘Mean’ Kendrick Perkins Fires Up Suns’ Amare Stoudemire

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These Boston Celtics have been called many things, including talented, experienced, confident, deep and physical. But following the C's first (and only, thus far) loss of the season to the Suns on Friday night in Boston, one starter was saddled with a new and rather interesting title.

Kendrick Perkins, who usually goes by the nickname "Perk," was given a new adjective by the Suns' Amare Stoudemire as the 6-foot-10, 249-pound power forward offered ESPNBoston.com his scouting report on Perk following Phoenix's win.

"He's a solid player out there," Stoudemire admitted. "He loves to get physical. He's aggressive. But he keeps a lot of confrontation going. We try to play smart basketball. From my standpoint, we try to stay out of the confrontation — really just go out and execute our plays offensively and defensively."

The Celtics' starting center sank 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the defeat to go with one foul — a second quarter shooting foul on Stoudemire himself — and a technical at the end of the first half.

"But it seems, sometimes, he wants to keep it up," the Suns forward added. "He's always mean. Always mad. He don't never have fun out there. He needs to learn how to have fun on the basketball court and just enjoy his life — enjoy the game."

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