Kendrick Perkins has yet to play in the 2018 NBA Finals, but that hasn’t prevented the veteran center from riling up the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opponent.
Several Golden State Warriors players told ESPN’s Chris Haynes they were “disturbed” by Perkins’ “reluctance to move his knees and feet” as Stephen Curry tripped over the Cavs big man near the end of the third quarter Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Here’s a look at the incident, which sparked a confrontation between Perkins and Curry:
Perkins doesn’t have to move out of the way, especially if he’s sitting down, but most players probably would have moved their legs in a bit to avoid contact with an opponent who’s in the game.
Curry told Haynes “no comment” when asked about the situation.
This isn’t the first time Perkins has gotten into a verbal spat with someone this postseason. He had a war of words with rapper Drake in Toronto during the Cavs’ second-round playoff series against the Raptors.
Perkins hasn’t played for Cleveland since the team signed him for its postseason run, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever see the floor versus a small-ball lineup team like the Warriors.
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