While Doc Rivers said the fourth-quarter exchange between Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins was just Garnett encouraging Perkins to be more focused, Garnett said after the 92-90 loss to the Clippers that Perkins needs to reduce some of those mental lapses.
Chris Kaman frustrated Perkins the entire night, scoring 27 points (17 in the second half) and sometimes scoring at will. Perkins had one other difficult night defensively, Dec. 8 against
That appeared to cause the frustration in Perkins and shortly thereafter, he and Garnett argued after Perkins picked up two consecutive fouls, one on Baron Davis was ruled an “away from the play” foul and resulted in one free throw.
“I think what I tried to instill in Perk’s head is composure,” he said. “Being consistent with the composure part of the game. I think he’s growing as a player but mentally sometimes I think it’s a distraction when he’s sort of distracted on other things that’s going on. I told him to be a really good overall, all-around good player at both ends, you have to be able to be consistent with the mental and no one knows that more that I do.
“No one knows that more than I do. Knowing that I was high energy as far as being mental, I would lose it and it would end up losing games for my team. You live and learn. Although it looks animated. What I am saying is so soothing and straight to the point, at the same time give him some confidence. I thought for the most part, he absorbed what I said and used it.”