Perkins on Celtics: 'It's a different team'

Perkins on Celtics: 'It's a different team'
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When Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins stepped on to the floor Sunday night, he barely recognized his former team.

The Boston Celtics look significantly different than the team that drafted Perkins out of high school in 2003, and traded him to the Thunder after seven-plus seasons, in 2010.

And in many ways - maybe too many ways for Celtics Nation - this Boston team plays a lot different too, evident by the Thunder's 119-96 blowout win.

Several players had big games for Oklahoma City who came in having lost three of their last four at home.

Among them was Perkins who scored a season-high 12 points for his first double-digit scoring game this season.

Former Boston College standout Reggie Jackson who continues to fill in for injured Russell Westbrook, had a Westbrook-like game on Sunday with a career-high 27 points.

Perkins is an emotional player, and often those emotions spill out when facing the Celtics.

But Sunday was a different matter, entirely.

"It's a different team," Perkins told Comcast SportsNet's Abby Chin when asked about seeing the Green and White. "It's usually a lot of love in the atmosphere when I go against them. But now it's like, I don't know none of them guys."

And for Perkins, that made going out and playing well a lot easier.

"(I) just go out there and try to do my job," he said.