Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 6/21/12
After Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the biggest soundbite coming out of the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room was from their starting center, Kendrick Perkins. But, Perkins has now stated that the comments made, which discussed the rotation of players, did not come across as he intended. I'll roll with Coach Brooks all day, so it wasn't nothing directed at him, Perkins said, according to The Daily Oklahoman. At the end of the day, we've got a group of guys who are all capable of playing well and making plays. At the end of the day, Coach is trying to coach and win games. Perkins was asked about the rotation in Game 4 after the Thunder took a commanding 17-point lead in the 1st quarter. The center, never one to mince words, spoke candidly about the situation. I just don't understand why we start out the first quarter the way we did, with the lineup that we had, and all of a sudden we change and adjust to what they had going on, Perkins said after Game 4. So they won the last three quarters, and that's what happened. On Thursday, Perkins chalked the comments up to frustration and did not mean them as a direct criticism of Brooks. The Thunder have lost three straight games in the NBA Finals despite being in situations where they could have one each game in the closing minutes, only to have Miami find a way to pull out the win. Oklahoma City now has their backs up against the wall and NBA history is not on their side. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. But if any team can get hot and overcome the odds, it is the Thunder. Oklahoma City has put together two winning streaks of 3 or more games during these playoffs. They swept the Dallas Mavericks 4-0 in the first round and came back from a 2-0 hole against San Antonio and won four straight game to advance to the Finals. On Thursday, Oklahoma City will get their chance to make history and prove that, as long as they play their brand of basketball, they will have a shot to win no matter who is on the floor.
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