Kendrick Perkins has endured some public criticism as he has worked to help make the Thunder a championship team. While critics still focus on what he does not do, observe what he did do against Portland.
Should DeAndre Liggins have a long career in the National Basketball Association, last night would be considered his breakout game. There's no doubt about that. But how much of this performance should we take with a grain of salt?
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of this season's least talked about surprises. With a roster that basically only consists of five players, they've managed to work their way into playoff contention, and keep within a stone's throw of second place in the Northwest Division.