In quite some time Perkins has not been extremely impressive. He shows up every game and puts in the numbers he did a couple years ago, while playing about the same defense as every other center in the league. That is not who he is, though. When he wants to be, he is a dominant force inside, that grabs offensive boards, and plays rough defense that throws off his opposing centers.
In last nights game against the Lakers he did just that. Sure if you look at the Box Score, names like Ray Allen with his 24 points, and Rajon Rondo with his double-doubl stick out to you. Perk also contributed, and he did so very efficiently. On the offensive end he went 5-7 and put in 13 points which included 3-4 shooting from the line. Anytime KP can go 75% we’ll have to take it and run with it. He was very aggressive on the offensive boards, as he ripped down 3. That was important as it kept possessions alive, something the C’s have been missing. And my God did he play with a lot of emotion. He started, and finished the game like he had just finished watching the movie “300″. That is great, though, as it is very contagious.
On the defensive end, he really bothered Bynum when he was matched up on him. Now sure Bynum got his 14 points, but when it got to crunch time, Perkins gave NO ground. Bynum tried, and tried, and tried to make good moves on Perkins, but #43 was just to physical, and was moving his feet very well. For the first time in a long time, he used that lost weight to his advantage, while coupling it with the ruggedness he gained during his days of being a heavier man.
There were huge upsides to watching Ray Allen last night. That may be looked at, and should be looked at, by everyone who follows the Celtics. But also, we can not discredit those players like Perk who go out there and do the dirty work, but get little credit. These are the games we need him to step up big, and he did just that.
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