Game One between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers lived up to expectations on the floor, but the action off the court was just as captivating as Drake and Kendrick Perkins became involved in an altercation.
Just before halftime, the rapper who is a Toronto native and passionate Raptors fan, took exception to Perkins trash-talking Raptors center Serge Ibaka and exchanged words with Perkins before Cavsâ forward J.R. Smith stepped in to separate the two.
Once the Cavsâ center had made his way to the teamâs locker room, Drakeâs bodyguard was approached by members of Clevelandâs security personnel. A discussion ensued, during which the rapper could be heard defending himself by claiming "I never said that shit."
Drake, who was occupying his usual courtside seat at the Air Canada Centre, then left the court, through the tunnel and up towards the Raptorsâ locker room, before coming down the ramp towards the floor and reportedly yelling obscenities aimed at Perkins.
After the game, the Cavsâ center explained the argument stemmed from a misunderstanding, indicating he was joking with Ibaka, whom he played alongside for the Oklahoma City Thunder when they reached the NBA Finals in 2012.
"I was fucking with Serge [Ibaka], my old teammate" Perkins told ESPNâs Adrian Wojnarowski. "I wasn't talking to [Drake]."
"[I was] telling [Ibaka] 'We about to win this game,' and Drake butted in talking shitÂ to me. So I said something back to him."
Perkins wouldnât elaborate on what Drakeâs words were but was more than happy to share his rebuttal.Â "He said something slick so I said something back: 'Sit your ass down and watch the game.'"
It was left to Drake to explain what he had said to rile up Perkins and the rapper did so via a comment on an Instagram post late on Tuesday night.
"I just said I like the hem on his capris," he quipped.
The Canadian singer is no stranger to on-court controversy. Last month, during the Raptorsâ first-round series against the Washington Wizards, he shouted âYouâre a bum!â to Wizardsâ forward Kelly Oubre Jr, while informing Washingtonâs point guard John Wall that âYouâre getting bodied by 20 tonight!â in Game Two.
The CavsÂ had the last laugh as they won 113-112 in Toronto in overtime, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. LeBron James recorded a triple-double, with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds and received solid support from his teammates, with Tristan Thompson registering 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Smith and Korver scored 20 and 19 points respectively.