Kendrick Perkins recently rounded up Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to sit them down for a talk that he considered much-needed and, perhaps, long overdue.

The big man wanted both to check their egos at the door.

He wanted his All-Star teammates to cool it on any stat-padding and selfishness and anything else rooted in the wrong place that can work its way into a marathon season.

Perkins wanted Durant and Westbrook both to sell out for the team.

"We're getting close to the end of the season, and everything is over with as far as the All-Star Game and all that other stuff," Perkins said. "So we can just concentrate on getting better as a ballclub and taking steps to trying to reach our goal."