When the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins in February 2011, the main draws were post defense and championship experience. Perk had helped the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA title, and earned a reputation as one of the nastiest interior defenders in the league. The Thunder were rawer than steak tartare, and relied on a very young Serge Ibaka and a crafty but undersized Nick Collison to protect the painted area. Perk was heralded as an immediate upgrade, someone who could help unseat the L.A. Lakers with their two inside kings from the Western throne.

That actually happened this season: The Thunder smoked L.A. in five games as the Lakers' bigs were stunted by OKC's big man corps, including starting center Perk.

And now Perk's championship experience should come into play as the Thunder seek to beat a team starring two players (Dwyane Wade, LeBron James) Perk is used to beating. The only problem is that instead of helping the Thunder set the tone in the first two Finals games, Perk has absolutely killed the Thunder, crushing OKC's own offense and being unable to make an impact defensively. He's a bulldog in a ballet, and while that vision might induce coos of amusement, cuteness just doesn't win games against talented teams.