Now, after Game 3, Perkins spoke about former teammate Kevin Durant with ESPN’s Chris Haynes, who said Perkins’ comment was a compliment.
“Man, KD,” Perkins said, thinking about Durant’s 43 point, 13 rebound and seven assists performance in Game 3. “I want to beat him, but he’s just a mother******.”
Kendrick Perkins to ESPN on Kevin Durant’s Game 3 performance: “Man, KD. I want to beat him, but he’s just a mother******.” That’s Perk issuing a compliment.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 7, 2018
Both Perkins and Durant were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2011-15. The two have quite the familiarity, including an exchange in the interview room Wednesday night after Game 3. According to The Athletic, Perkins stepped into the interview room while Durant was speaking.
The Cavaliers forward proceeded to flip Durant off. Durant responded with some expletives of his own as seen in the following tweet.
Read. Durant's. Lips.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) June 7, 2018
It is unclear whether the exchange was playful or not.