Draymond rips Perk into a rant after Dubs’ lead; Perk responds

Sometimes all Draymond Green needs is a spark to keep him going.

Before the Warriors’ decisive 110-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center on Friday night, unbeknownst to anyone, that spark was provided by none other than ESPN NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins.

After the Warriors knocked out the Grizzlies and advanced to their sixth Western Conference Finals in eight years, Green went on a rant directed at Perkins.

“Something came to my phone earlier,” Green told reporters. “A guy saying I’m scared to shoot the basketball. Scared and me in the same sentence, that’s brutal. But you got a big ogre on TV talking about what Draymond says isn’t not the gospel. It’s the gospel. What I’m saying is the gospel. When you say this multiple times in multiple different segments, you have to think what I’m saying is the gospel. So you have to get out and shutting up some guys sometimes. When you have people talking on the side of their necks ‘Anyone can do the pass that Draymond does.’ It’s just stupid.

“But these are people who are employed to talk on TV about our game. ‘Anyone could play that.’ You make that pass We’d love to see it I played the guy by the way I’m talking about Kendrick Perkins for those of you who don’t know I never dodge the smoke As the saying goes Memphis Grizzlies towels, I’m not dodging smoke. “Anyone could pass that. You couldn’t, so good luck. You just have to go out and shut people up sometimes. It was a lot of fun to do.

Shortly after Green’s comments were relayed to the public via Twitter, Perkins posted a video response:

How did it all start? During Friday morning’s episode of “First Take,” Perkins had this to say about Green:

“Actually, can someone tell Draymond Green it’s OK to look at the basket and take a shot?” Perkins told hosts Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim. “I mean, because he’s scared. I mean, I’m sitting here watching all the turnovers. He’s not even looking at the basket”

“He’s scared to shoot right now. So some of those assists he’s getting for Steph Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson, I could go out there and get those same assists. They’re wide open. This is nothing but a pass. So don’t let Draymond Green sit here and fool you like everything that comes out of his mouth is gospel.”

Draymond then responded by posting an Instagram story directed at Perkins.

In the first five games of the series, Green took 17 combined shots, making 10 of them, good for a total of 24 points. But in the clincher Friday night, the four-time NBA All-Star went 6 of 14 off the court, finishing with 14 points, while grabbing 15 rebounds and delivering eight assists. He was a plus-19.

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Green and Perkins are two of the loudest voices in the NBA and it sure won’t end with their back and forth on Friday night. As the Warriors advance to the Western Finals, Perkins will likely have more to say about Green over the next two weeks.

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