Feb 3, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs: Kendrick Perkins, Zach Randolph ask officials to let them play (video)

The Memphis Grizzlies are playing host to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a pivotal game 3 on Thursday night. After the Thunder rolled to a 100-86 victory in game 1, the Grizzlies evened things up with a 11-105 win in game 2.

With a win, the Thunder can take back home court advantage and seize momentum. If the Grizzlies win, they will have a game on their home floor on Saturday night in which the can take a stranglehold on the series.

Before the game began, Perkins and Randolph had a chat with the officials in an attempt to let them body up a little bit more and to let some of the plays where they get tangled up go. TNT caught the interaction with their Inside Trax segment. The official was understanding, saying that they couldn’t throw each other down but that he was fine with a little contact.

In game 1, Perkins was called for four fouls while Randolph picked up five fouls. In game 2, Perkins fouled out while Randolph was not called for a foul.

(Thanks to @JDonSports)

Tags: 2014 NBA Playoffs Kendrick Perkins Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma City Thunder Zach Randolph

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