Re: Missing Perk & Krstic a waste
posted at 4/21/2011 2:36 PM EDT
Wow....I just read one of the dumbest, non-factual posts I have ever seen on this forum from jayshiz or whatever.
Let's go there:
"Perk is a starting center who plays defense. Our problem is a bench that cant score."
Well, our bench has not played well, you're totally right there. But interior defense is a problem as well. Did you notice that Amare had his way with the Celts D in game one (and the Knicks would have won that game if Carmelo had been smart enough to keep feeding Amare the ball in the fourth quarter instead of shooting the Knicks out of the game). We were hammered on the glass in that game also.
"I much as I miss Perk, if he was here we would still be struggling, maybe more."
You don't know that. What we do know is that the players we traded Perk for (Green, Krstic) have had very little impact. Green was supposed to be a great defender against Carmelo and Lebron (according to Ainge), thereby giving Pierce more of a rest. So far that's a total bust and Pierce has worn himself down a bit trying to guard Carmelo.
"Perk starts for OKC, plays 5 minutes and then comes back for the last 5 minutes of the game. They are basically saying, c'mon big fella, help us set the tone early and get some stops while we jump out to a lead and then sit down while we do our thing and come back in the last 5 minutes to guard the paint."
You're claiming he plays 10 minutes a game. He played way more than that in the regular season (where they finished with a great record) and in the playoffs he has averaged 25 minutes a game. 7 points and 11 boards was the last total. They will use him more against teams that have more inside beef, and the Thunder do have some enviable depth at that position, but your notion that Perk is a 10 minutes a game guy is just your fantasy that he is not really having an impact.
"Our problem is not just interior defense." Nope, but it's one of the problems. And if you think Perkins wouldn't be helping there more than Krstic there's nothing any of us can do for you.
Having said that, going back to the OP, no, I don't hate Ainge...but I'll be pretty frustrated with him if his Shaq gamble doesn't pay off. I don't believe Shaq will be able to play much and as a result I think we won't advance to the finals) but I'm hoping to be wrong on all counts. Some Ainge Koolaid drinkers assure us otherwise, one recently posted that JON could carry us to the championship himself. Commie reassures us Shaq will be back and carry us along validating Ainge's move but of course Commie has been repeatedly wrong about Shaq's return timetable. But I hope Commie and the other dreamers are right!!!