Drake, Kendrick Perkins get into sideline squabble at Cavs-Raptors game

As the Toronto Raptors looked to raise their playoff profile in an effort to finally advance beyond LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, their most visible fan appeared to have his own lofty aspirations.

Drake, always ready when cameras are around, appeared to be doing his best Spike Lee impersonation during Tuesday’s Game 1 in Toronto in this sideline spat with Cleveland backup center Kendrick Perkins.

It wasn’t immediately clear what words were exchanged, but the conversation certainly seems to extend beyond pleasantries. Whatever the two were fighting about didn’t get settled in-game and carried over after the Cavs’ emotional overtime win.

Afterwards, Perkins told his side of the story to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi and Dave McMenanim. According to Perkins, he was joking with Raptors big man Serge Ibaka, telling his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, “We about to win this game,” when Drake “butted in talking s*** to me.”

Drake clarified on Instagram, “I just said I liked the hem on his capris.”

Perk’s rebuttal? “Sit your ass down and watch the game,” he told McMenamin.

See Drake at the game: 

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May 1, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Canadian recording artist Drake talks to Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during game one of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Cleveland defeated Toronto in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
TORONTO, ON - MAY 1: Drake has words toward the court, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23). Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers in 2nd half action of Game 1 of NBA Eastern Conference semi final playoff play at Air Canada Centre. Raptors lost 113-112 in OT. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 01: Drake looks on from his court side seat in the second half of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 01: Rapper Drake smiles at LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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After the game, when Perkins could be heard saying, “I’m supersized, b****,” and Drake told security, “I never said that s***,” the entertainer carried the argument into the tunnel, where he was “yelling obscenities in the direction of the visitors locker room aimed at Perkins,” according to McMenamin.

Finally, gloriously, from ESPN:

When Perkins exited the Cavs’ locker room for good Tuesday night, a member of the team’s security staff asked him if he wanted to be escorted to the team bus in case he might have another run-in with Drake along the way.

“I’m fine,” Perkins said with a smirk. “What’s he going to do?”

Drake’s target for needling could use a little help. While Lee is famous for picking fights with Reggie Miller in his prime, Drake’s going after a guy in a suit. He’s also picking on a guy way out of his weight class who doesn’t have a reputation for backing down.

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