A sampling of The Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson's take on what transpired between Dirk Nowitzki and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins on Monday night.

And here we thought Dirk was one of the nice guys in the league. Guess that reputation might hold up in other NBA hamlets, but not here.

Not after Monday night.

This wasn't Dirk hitting all kinds of crazy, beautiful, mystifying shots. This was Dirk shoving and complaining and flopping.