The second round begins on Sunday when Oklahoma City hosts Memphis for Game 1, and there are no signs of the chatter slowing down. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and Randolph got into a confrontation during a game in November, one that allegedly carried into the back halls of the arena after the game.
When Randolph was asked about it later, he told reporters: ‘‘I play basketball. I don’t worry about all that. Perk’s all right. There’s a lot of bluffin’ going on the court. That’s all, you know? And I don’t bluff.’’
The Grizzlies draped towels over the seats at their arena before Memphis closed out the Clippers. The gold towels had a slogan written in blue.
‘‘We don’t bluff.’’
AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in New York and AP Sports Writers Antonio Gonzalez in Oakland, Calif., and Teresa M. Walker in Memphis, Tenn., contributed to this report.