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Kendrick Perkins dunks on Kevin Durant in entertaining Twitter beef

Kendrick Perkins dunks on Kevin Durant in entertaining Twitter beef

Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant provided some quality entertainment on Twitter late Thursday night.

It all started when Perk declared Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook as the best player ever to don a Thunder uniform.


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Perkins and Celtics.com's Marc D'Amico then had a back-and-forth about Westbrook vs. Durant

That's when KD decided to share his two cents. Durant fired a shot at Perkins' numbers when the two were together in OKC and lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Perkins, a key member of the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics, reminded Durant he does indeed have a ring. He also made sure to remind the Brooklyn Nets star about that time he pulled the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' routine and signed with the Golden State Warriors.

Perkins 1, Durant 0.

KD is just one of the many NBA players Perkins has taken shots at since becoming an analyst. Unlike Durant, most have been smart enough to keep themselves from engaging with the former C's big man.

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Kyrie Irving responds to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's harsh criticism

Kyrie Irving responds to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's harsh criticism

Kyrie Irving has taken plenty of heat for how his Boston Celtics tenure turned out. In fact, some of his harshest critics are players who used to don the Green and White.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins each have criticized Irving for how he handled things with the C's. Pierce said Irving deserved "the loudest boos in league history," Garnett insinuated he "didn't have the cojones" to play in Boston, and Perkins "lost all respect" for the former Celtics guard.

Irving responded to their comments in an interview with longtime New York sportswriter Mike Mazzeo:

The big picture, when I started playing basketball, you realize that a lot of variables come into play with all this. I do it because I love it. But at the end of the day, it’s entertainment. Fans love to be entertained, and I think that I myself kind of fell into that cycle of being emotionally attached to something like that, especially when I’m watching the game at home with my family, much to the fact that it wasn’t about the players on the floor during that day. It became about me and where I was and what I was doing. For basketball to become more about just one individual player, and it’s a team sport, just to justify market value or bringing more fans to the games or justifying why all that stuff happens, so be it. That’s entertainment.

I’ve got nothing but love for Boston, nothing but love for the journey I had with all those guys. I appreciate everyone standing up for me and speaking on my behalf and telling it’s not all my fault, it’s not all on him. I’m a man. I’m able to take criticism. I haven’t taken it well in the past. But at this point in my career it’s just the big picture that I need to focus on winning a championship here and how do I make this organization better and we move forward from that point.

I can’t control what anyone says about me when I’m not talking or when I am talking or when I’m in an arena or when I’m not. People are going to say regardless whatever they feel. I respect that, but at the end of the day it’s entertainment, man. It’s changing.

Irving didn't travel to Boston for November's Nets-Celtics matchup due to a shoulder injury. During that game, the TD Garden crowd loudly chanted "Kyrie Sucks" and that drew a lengthy response on Instagram from the 27-year-old.

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Unlike Pierce, Garnett, and Perkins, multiple current C's players have been supportive of their former teammate. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, in particular, have come to Irving's defense.

Irving hasn't played since Nov. 14, and recent reports suggest his nagging shoulder ailment could require season-ending surgery.

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Kendrick Perkins picks Celtics' Brad Stevens as NBA Coach of the Year front-runner

Kendrick Perkins picks Celtics' Brad Stevens as NBA Coach of the Year front-runner

The short-handed Boston Celtics pulled off another big win on Friday night, and Kendrick Perkins was impressed.

The former C's big man chimed in on Twitter following Boston's victory over the Detroit Pistons to praise Brad Stevens and his team's "next man up mentality." He even went as far as to declare Stevens the front-runner for NBA Coach of the Year.

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Stevens certainly has plenty of competition for the award, but Perkins has a valid point. Boston is 19-7 and second in the Eastern Conference despite injuries nagging the team throughout the year. Plus, the complete 180 in team chemistry has been noteworthy.

If the C's keep up this pace throughout the season, it's hard to imagine Stevens won't at least be in the running for Coach of the Year honors. There still are 55 games left on the schedule, though, so we've got a long way to go before we start taking that discussion seriously.

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