Kendrick Perkins back in Finals

Thunder center quietly contributes so Big Threes can shine

Updated: June 7, 2012, 3:34 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

He's rarely seen in highlights.

He doesn't take many trips to the interview room after games.

In fact, the most pub he's probably gotten all season was being on the wrong end of a monster Blake Griffin dunk in January.

But the reason Kendrick Perkins is heading back to the NBA Finals for the third time in five years is because he's willing to get dunked on for the sake of protecting the basket. He boxes out, fouls, blocks shots, ...

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