Big Three era Boston Celtics big: Flat out disrespectful what Domantas Sabonis has done to AD

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Former Boston Celtics championship-winning center and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins believes that Domantas Sabonis's dominance over Anthony Davis -- which reached a high point on March 13 when the former ran his record against the latter to 10-0 in his career with his Sacramento Kings defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 120-107 -- is "flat out disrespectful."

"This is just flat out disrespectful at this point what Sabonis is doing to AD! At some point you gotta fight back," Perkins tweeted. "God Bless America."

Sabonis jokingly claimed after the game that the more the media talked about Sabonis's dominance of AD, the more likely it'd be for Davis to have a fire lit under him the next time the two big men do battle.

"I don't pay attention to that," Sabonis said after his Kings completed a season sweep of the Lakers in 2023-24 (h/t Bleacher Report). "The more you guys bring attention to that, it makes my life harder. If anything, it will light a fire under him, so stop mentioning anything, please."

Davis played coy ahead of the matchup, claiming that the 1-on-1 narrative doesn't bother him; rather, he's focused on his team's performance.

“I’m all about the team … the 1-on-1 thing, it doesn’t bother me," Davis said pregame.

Credit to Davis for having a big game despite the loss. AD amassed 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 41 minutes on the floor. With that said, Sabonis outplayed him, going for a triple double: 17 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Big Three era Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins known for challenging prominent NBA figures

Perkins has been on a rampage calling out players and coaches across the NBA alike in his role as ESPN analyst/provocateur. He's claimed that Fred VanVleet is in Amen Thompson's way, and he's even mocked Joe Mazzulla for having the kind of brain that, if put in a bird, would make it fly backwards.

Some wither in the wake of Perk's comments. Others, like Mazzulla, fire back and impress the Nederland, Texas native in the process.