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What’s Up With Perk?
February 7, 2009

Something’s not right with Perk. He’s not having “impact” games. Let’s look at the stats:

December – 31 mpg, 11.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63% FG

January – 26 mpg, 6.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 58% FG

February – 30 mpg, 5.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2 bpg, 52% FG

The guy had a phenomenal December – 4 double-doubles, a 25 pt game vs Chi. But then came the shoulder injury on Christmas. He clearly hasn’t been the same player since. He doesn’t seem to have the same “touch” around the basket as earlier in the season. I realize the Celtics don’t need his points. But those occasional 14-16 pt nights help keep the defense honest.

Pierce’s reaction after he “only” scored 26 points in the Garden – as compared to Kobe’s 61 or LeBron’s 52 pts.

“My days of putting up big numbers [are] over with,” Pierce said. “I’m within the team concept; that’s the formula that we need to win. We don’t need one guy to go out and score 46 points; we rely on our teamwork, our extra passes, our defense.”

I want our readers to know we appreciate all the kind words recently bestowed upon this site (even though John’s ego is out of control). January was a record breaking month in terms of web traffic for Red’s Army. We are having a lot of fun and that will continue as long as the Celtics keep winning.

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A supermodel named Nicole Trunfio was at last night’s Celtics/Knicks game. Here are some pics…

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The Celebration Rages On For Perk
June 24, 2008

The Boston Celtics are now almost exactly a week into their celebration of an NBA Championship.  They have rolled through the city, and Fenway, on duck boats.  They’ve been drunk in various places and at various times.  And then Perk got REALLY WILD… and headed to the RMV to renew his license

All I could think of is how miserable he looked. I mean the guy just won the NBA championship and were does he end up the following Monday? At the RMV renewing his license. What a total bummer. What ever happened to that “I’m going to Disneyworld” thing. I’ve never seen a commercial that showed a sports star saying “I’m going to the RMV to renew my license.” Have you?

Yeah… going to the RMV sucks.  But while most of us stand in line trying to decide between pastrami on rye or a big salad for lunch… Perk gets to daydream about selling stuff on QVC…. or about this.  Advantage: Perkins.

Perk & Ray Are In
June 17, 2008

Kendrick Perkins and Ray Allen are both planning to play.

“If feels good,” said Perkins. I’m going to give it a shot tonight and see how it goes. I plan on playing tonight and I’ll see how it goes.”

Perkins admitted his shoulder probably won’t be 100 percent until after the season, but that right now he feels well enough to play. 

Ray’s back in town.  Doc says he’s “pretty sure” Ray will play.  And despite any rumors you may have heard…  the issue was not with  Ray’s daughter… it was with his youngest son Walker.  The good news is, ESPN reported that Walker will be ok… which is the most important thing. 

Perk is 50-50
June 13, 2008

Kendrick Perkins is a 50-50 shot to play in Game 5 on Sunday. 

“When I first saw it, I didn’t like what I saw,” Rivers said. “Obviously the injury he had last night could be significant, and we don’t know the results yet. But that’s clearly not looking great right now.”

Losing Perk hurts… there’s no doubt.  But maybe this is a good thing?  Maybe letting some of the bench guys get a little more run means this thing is less likely to go 6.  Maybe more run for Leon Powe and E-House means more energy from a tired, banged up group of guys.  I mean… its fun for us fans to pretend this series is over… but its not. 

The Lakers are ready to die.  I’m SURE most of those guys would much rather lose at home than fly across county to lose in Boston.  I can be sure about that because I’m SURE most of those guys are soft and they think like that.  A little energy and an early run might be all it takes for them to roll over and die. 

Here’s a transcript and video of Doc’s news conference from today.  Here’s Phil’s

By the way… if you missed any of the game, you can watch it again on ESPN Classic tomorrow night at 8pm.

Hey Pau… The Game’s 48 Minutes Long
June 6, 2008

paul gasolPau Gasol seemed to be doing well in the first half of last night’s game.  He went into the half with 12 points.  But the Celtics made him disappear in the second half.

Here’s Pau’s 3rd quarter:  a bucket at the 8 minute mark, a miss 30 seconds late, and a missed layup at the 1:09 mark.

Great job.  How about the 4th quarter: a missed jumper at the 4:50 mark, and a free throw with 1:54 left. 

So Pau shot 1 of 4 from the field in the second half… and 1 of 2 from the line. 

Doc made a great call switching KG onto Odom and Perk onto Gasol in the first quarter.  After the switch… Gasol got a couple of dunks on poorly defended pick-and-rolls.. and a couple of free throws in the first half.  That’s it.

Meanwhile, Odom was a non-factor. 

If Gasol doesn’t do anything to erase this disappearing act… then the whole “Gasoft” thing is gonna stick.  Perk is about to tattoo the tag of “allergic to physical play” right onto Gasol’s head. 

(photo: Getty Images)

Kendrick Perkins: Intense
May 27, 2008

At the :20 mark, Perk drops some language that will earn ESPN a call from the FCC.  The question being raised today on Odenized is… Does Perk act with too much cockiness or is his confidence his greatest strength?

Now On Barstool
February 11, 2008

I’m not usually one to get on the commentators during a game… but Jeff Van Gundy really got under my (and most of your) skin yesterday.  He scoffed at the thought that Paul Pierce’s number should be retired…. he WAAAAY overstated the Celtics need for a point guard…  and he was very upset that Tony Allen was given the ball when San Antonio was fouling.  Hey Jeff… how did that all work out?

What makes all these things so delicious… is that Tony Allen swished both free throws, Rajon Rondo had 12 assist and 11 boards, and Paul Pierce dropped 35 on the Spurs while playing some damn fine defense on the other end. It’s like the Celtics heard every point he was making and decided to shove it right back up his ass. No wonder you’re not coaching anymore Jeff.

I just want to highlight this from today’s Herald:  After initially diagnosing the injury as a sprain, Perkins’ shoulder is now viewed as dislocated.   According to Doc:

“It’s serious because it’s his shoulder and it’s the one he had surgery on. But I think he’ll be back pretty soon – probably not (tomorrow) or Wednesday. He should play after the break. There’s a chance he could play (tomorrow) or Wednesday, but I doubt it.

Injury Updates
February 10, 2008

Don’t expect Kevin Garnett or Kendrick Perkins to back until after the All Star game.  In fact, KG will probabaly skip the game, opening the door for Ray Allen to be added.  According to the Globe:

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before today’s game against the Spurs that injured forward Kevin Garnett is likely out for next Sunday’s All-Star Game. Rivers said the Celtics will be contacting the league soon to give them the information, meaning that Commissioner David Stern will soon be naming a replacement. Ray Allen is a likely choice and Rivers repeated yesterday that he would like Allen on the team. Garnett did jog today before the game and could take part in light practicing as early as tomorrow. Meanwhile, he missed his seventh game today with an abdominal strain. Also out for Boston – center Kendrick Perkins with a strained left shoulder and his return date is uncertain

No Perk, No KG
February 10, 2008

Perk and KG are out… which make me fear Tim Duncan will go for a 20/20 game.  According to Celtics.com:

As expected, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett will sit out today’s game vs. the Spurs, leaving Leon Powe (starter), Glen Davis and Brian Scalabrine to contend with Tim Duncan. Coach Doc Rivers said he will dress Scot Pollard today for an emergency but would only play him in a situation where all of his bigs have fouled out.

Rivers said he expects KG to be out until after the All-Star Break, and doesn’t think that he’ll play in Sunday’s All-Star Game. He said he hasn’t discussed it with Garnett yet and no decision has been made.

This Might Not Go Well
February 10, 2008

tim duncanStill no official word yet on Kendrick Perkins’ availability today.  There’s no official word on Kevin Garnett either, but we probably shouldn’t expect it.

Which means Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs could walk into Boston today, and the biggest guy available for the Celtics (unless Scot Pollard is magically healthy) will be 6’9″ Glen Davis. 

“Hey Big Baby (er… excuse me… ‘Ticket Stub’… ugh) we know you’re an undersized rookie… but do you mind guarding one of the best big men the game has ever seen?  Thanks”

I love Davis and Leon Powe as much as anyone ($12.99 ‘I Love Leon’ shirts still available) but those guys matching up against Timmy D is asking a bit much.  Let’s be honest… asking Perk to cover him is asking a bit much…. but he’s at least got the height. 

So I’m really not expecting much out of today’s game… which is a little disappointing because its on national TV.  The only hope I have is that the Spurs continue what has been a largely uninspired first half of the season.  They won’t have Tony Parker for about another month… and they’re on that dumb “rodeo road trip”… so they’re spending forever living out of hotels.  Maybe they’ll walk in, let down after hearing how short handed we are, and let down enough for the C’s to steal one.

I’m going to highlight this one link, because its another member of my Emerson College Men’s Basketball team to become a big-time NBA front-office guy.  You guys know about Sam Presti, GM of the Seattle Sonics.  Today brings Worcester native and Spurs Director of Basketball Operations Rob Hennigan back to town.  Rob is Emerson’s all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 points… so he knows the game a little.

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