‘Last game in a way I was [holding back],’ he said prior to practice on Saturday. ‘But this game coming up, I’m just going to be myself. We’ve got to get this win, so whatever it takes.’
Perkins entered the NBA finals with six technical fouls, one shy of an automatic one-game suspension. Putting the potential consequence out of his mind is easier said than done. He scaled back his aggressiveness and didn’t go as hard on defense as he would have liked.
‘Just a few times where I probably would have went in there and mixed it up a little bit, just got tangled up with guys, I didn’t,’ he said. ‘I was like, ‘I can’t do it.’ Or a time a guy was holding me is a time I might have locked up with him just because. But there are times when you want to get in there and mix it up, go in there and bang a little bit, but you’ve just got to pick and choose.’
After the Lakers dominated the boards and got inside the lane with ease, Perkins knows he has to play differently in Game 2. He looks to find a balance between smart basketball and physical basketball.
Besides, Doc Rivers  has made it clear what can happen if Perkins continues to hold back.
‘What didn’t he say?’ said Perkins. ‘He said everything, that we need to play harder, that this isn’t the team that played the last game against Orlando, it’s night and day. He said we need to come out and attack or we’d be getting sent home early, so we’ve got to come out and play hard.’