Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins angered multiple Golden State Warriors players following a third-quarter incident with Stephen Curry in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. Perkins did not move his legs on the bench when Curry backed into him after a shot attempt, resulting in a verbal altercation between the two.
"I'm not going to get into it. No comment," Curry told Chris Haynes of ESPN.
Curry had chucked up a desperation heave that missed at the end of the quarter and was off-balance as he attempted to gather himself near the Cavs' bench. He appeared to trip a bit over Perkins' legs and turned around to say something to the big man, resulting in a brief back-and-forth.
Suffice it to say, things went off the rails for Cleveland afterward.
Curry went off in the fourth quarter, knocking down five of his NBA Finals record nine threes in the last 12 minutes, as the Warriors earned a 122-103 victory. Golden State leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.
Perkins, meanwhile, hasn't played a minute of basketball the entire postseason. His playoff experience has been about making headlines for jawing at other people—rapper Drake and Perkins got into it during Cleveland's second-round series against the Toronto Raptors.
Looking on the bright side for Cleveland: Things, uhh, went downhill for Drake after that scuffle! The NBA told Drake to tone it down on the sidelines, Rihanna said she and Drake were no longer friends, he released a single that flopped and Pusha T released one of the most savage diss tracks in history at his expense.
If things go a similar way for Curry, the Warriors could be in danger of losing a 2-0 series lead.
From a basketball perspective, the Warriors probably have a right to be upset. Perkins isn't required to get out of the way; it's just a common courtesy for your fellow competitor. Given Curry's history of ankle issues, it also likely added a wrinkle of frustration from Golden State.