Kendrick Perkins slams Kevin Durant for leaving Thunder for Warriors

Kendrick Perkins slams Kevin Durant for leaving Thunder for Warriors

A night that was supposed to be about Russell Westbrook turned into a Twitter brawl between two of his former teammates.

Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins traded uppercuts and haymakers on the social media platform Thursday night. This back-and-forth was pretty epic, even by NBA Twitter standards. 

The former Warriors superstar jumped into a Twitter exchange between Perkins, and Celtics writer Marc D'Amico and briefly dropped the hammer on his former teammate.

Perk wasn't going to back down, though, and fired back at the two-time NBA Finals MVP.

Holy. Moly.

The whole thing began because Westbrook made his first trip back to Oklahoma City as a member of the Houston Rockets on Thursday and Perkins said he was going to go on ESPN programming and make the case that Westbrook was the best player to ever put on a Thunder jersey.

The case could easily be made that Westbrook meant more to the organization and is the most beloved player in franchise history. After all, he's the one that decided to sign a long-term extension rather than leave as a free agent.

But Durant is one of the best players in NBA history, much higher on the list than Westbrook, thus technically making him the best player to ever put on a Thunder jersey.

But at the moment, the Westbrook-Durant debate isn't the important thing. It's the beef between KD and Perk.

We can't imagine they will be hugging it out the next time they see each other.

[RELATED: Kerr: Durant 'faded' from the Warriors

More like slugging it out.

NBA Twitter seriously is the best.

Steven Adams answers if Draymond Green kicked him below belt on purpose

Steven Adams answers if Draymond Green kicked him below belt on purpose

Let's take a walk down memory lane to Game 3 of the 2016 Western Conference finals between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

With a little less than six minutes remaining in the second quarter, Draymond Green drove on center Steven Adams from the top of the key, and got to the free throw line by drawing a foul on the big man.

But that isn't all that happened:

After a lenghty review, Draymond was hit with a Flagrant 1 (the following day, the NBA upgraded it to a Flagrant 2 and fined him $25,000).

Did the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year hit Adams below the belt on purpose?

"Ummmmm ... (long pause) ... that's a tough one," the New Zealand native said recently on the "Lowe Post" podcast. "It is. That's a tough one. Nah, nah, he didn't. I think he wanted to flail -- he intentionally wanted to flail -- but I don't think (he thought), 'Let me just pinpoint, accurate, shin right into old mate's crown jewels.' I don't think he thought that.

"I thought he was like, 'Ah, there's contact, flail, bang.' Twice in the same series (laughing)."

[RELATED: Draymond Green reacts to Steven Adams' kick]

Twice? In Game 2, Draymond did make contact with Adams' groin region when he went up for a floater in transition. But it was innocuous and not controversial at all.

In case you're curious -- Adams doesn't take any satisfaction with the fact Draymond could not play in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals because of an accumulation of flagrant points.

Why not? Because he told Zach Lowe he didn't know that's why Draymond got suspended ... 

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Kings takeaways: What we learned in 94-93 last-minute win over Thunder

Kings takeaways: What we learned in 94-93 last-minute win over Thunder


SACRAMENTO -- After two stunning road victories over the Mavs and Rockets, the Kings looked tired and disinterested for the better part of three quarters against the Thunder on Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center. 

And then they woke up.

In another barnburner, Bogdan Bogdanovic knocked down a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining to give the Kings the 94-93 lead.

Oklahoma City isolated Chris Paul on Richaun Holmes on the final play and the Kings’ center locked down the future Hall of Fame guard as Sacramento escaped with its third straight win in dramatic fashion.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings shook off the rough start to stun the Thunder late to move to 11-13 on the season.  

Keep shooting

Hield has been streaky all season long and it was no different against the Thunder. The Kings’ leading scorer missed his first six shots before finally knocking down a triple to get things started.

He was spotty throughout the game until late when he kept Sacramento in it with one big shot after another.

Hield finished the night with 23 points, six assists and six rebounds. He shot just 9-for-24 from the field and 5-of-14 from long range, but the Kings needed a scoring punch and Hield kept firing until he found it.

A shot and a stop

Bogdanovic watched his fellow countryman Nemanja Bjelica drop in a 33-footer for the win Monday in Houston. He had a little magic of his own against a veteran OKC team. 

With the shot clock winding down, Bogi got his defender in the air, took a dribble and knocked down a huge shot from the left wing to give his team a one-point lead.

Moments later, it was the defense by Holmes that sealed the victory for Sacramento. Holmes finished the night with 10 points and seven rebounds, but he made his money with the stop to win it. 

[RELATED: Fox feeling better, believes he's close to Kings return]

Bagley back

After a 22-game absence with a broken thumb, power forward Marvin Bagley returned to action and played with energy. 

It wasn’t the performance the second-year big was looking for, but he managed to score 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes of action. 

One of the highlights for the former No. 2 overall pick was a play in the second quarter where he took the inbounds pass on one end, went coast-to-coast and scored over Steven Adams for the And-1. 

The Kings need Bagley to quickly integrate into the system and find his game after the extended layoff.