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Old 02-01-2012, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"I have no appreciation for it at all," said Perkins' Thunder teammate Kevin Durant. "It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made his free throw, so it was three points at the end of the day, no matter how it happened, how it went in the basket. I really wasn't impressed. He finished it. So what? We've moved on."

Durant wasn't surprised the play gained so much attention.

"I wasn't surprised because Blake is a poster child," Durant said. "He dunks the ball a lot and makes spectacular plays. If it wasn't against us, maybe I'd say it was a good play, but it was against us, so it was a bad play. I have nothing against Blake, don't get me wrong. But it was against us, so I've got to stick up for my teammate."

Mavericks swingman Vince Carter, who is still capable of putting a big man on a poster at the ripe old age of 35, said Griffin's dunk was "amazing."

"That just shows the true athlete that he is," said Carter, whose Mavs host the Thunder Wednesday night. "I look at and analyze things different. You got to think about the body control and what it takes to really, not only to just do that, but the impact you take from Kendrick Perkins, first of all, is a lot. For you to still have the body control to finish is second to none, because there's not a lot of people that can really do that."

Carter put Durant on the short list of guys in the league right now with that type of body control. Mavs big man Brendan Haywood, the victim of a vicious Durant and-1 dunk during the West finals last season, can testify to that.

But Durant seems to think that dunk doesn't get its due.

"I knew that wasn't going to get attention because we never get attention like that," Durant said. "We're not an L.A. team or a Chicago team or a Miami team. All our plays get thrown under the radar."

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Perkins isn't worried about being posterized.

"I've been around a lot of defensive-minded players. You're going to get dunked on. There's no way around it," Brooks said. "There's a lot of tremendous athletes in this league, but it doesn't affect him. He's going to come out and do the same thing tonight and guard the basket. That's what he does for us. Let's face it, I'm a fan of the game [and] that was a great play, but we move on."
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant not that fired up about Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin's dunk - ESPN
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah... KD is so right. He never gets the benefit of the doubt at all and his team is so hard done by.

Gimme a break.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah... KD is so right. He never gets the benefit of the doubt at all and his team is so hard done by.

Gimme a break.
compared to L.A, NY, etc teams i'd day hes bang on.
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compared to L.A, NY, etc teams i'd day hes bang on.
OKC is getting national coverage on a regular basis and I've seen just as many plays from them as any other team. When Durant hit his gamewinner over the Mavs earlier in the season that was all over the place. Westbrook's fastbreak dunks are also shown quite a bit.

It's a bit of a ridiculous comment IMO. Most everyone has picked the Thunder as the best team in the West this season. They get a ton of respect.
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OKC is getting national coverage on a regular basis and I've seen just as many plays from them as any other team. When Durant hit his gamewinner over the Mavs earlier in the season that was all over the place. Westbrook's fastbreak dunks are also shown quite a bit.

It's a bit of a ridiculous comment IMO. Most everyone has picked the Thunder as the best team in the West this season. They get a ton of respect.
its fair enough, but i think he's saying it from the stand point that that dunk got more attention than it should have, whilst durant's buzzer beater definitely deserved the attention. But w/e, that's life. In life you will always have the celtics, lakers, the red army, madrid's, etc..
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how is this a diss to blake?
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i think it was a good teammate thing to say.

but that dunk was nasty, no two ways about it.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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KD said all the right things. Not dissing Blake, but overrating the dunk and standing up for a teammate.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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OKC is getting national coverage on a regular basis and I've seen just as many plays from them as any other team. When Durant hit his gamewinner over the Mavs earlier in the season that was all over the place. Westbrook's fastbreak dunks are also shown quite a bit.

It's a bit of a ridiculous comment IMO. Most everyone has picked the Thunder as the best team in the West this season. They get a ton of respect.
The reason they get a lot of attention is because they're 17-4 right now. If they were 13-9 or 11-10 like the lakers or boston, i personally dont think they would get as much attention as those teams have got this year.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It wasn't a dunk, dont care, he threw it in and that aint a dunk.

Thats all.

Durant is right.
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