Why the C's aren't the same without Perkins
posted at 3/28/2011 2:53 PM EDT
-Some interesting comments from former Celtic Leon Powe to the
Boston Herald about the traded Kendrick Perkins: “I thought he
was here for good,” Powe said. “He was a big piece of that
championship team. He was a reason they were a contender.
It changes your defense completely. You still have (Kevin Garnett),
but (Perkins) was your enforcer down there, and he really takes a
lot of pressure off KG down there. Everybody says it’s KG’s team,
but Perk was down there doing all of the dirty work, and you need
a guy like that.” That’s as close to saying the unspoken, which we
haven’t heard in Boston since the surprising trade.
-The players’ feeling seemed to be they would get the chance to ride
it out for at least one more title run, and Rivers had said all
season he looked toward Perkins’ return because that starting five
had never lost a playoff series. What’s been interesting is what
you hear from players against Boston these days. They say Garnett,
a noted trash talker, has been exceptionally quiet. The feeling has
been he has no one like Perkins to back him up. Now Nenad Krstic,
instead. And it’s not like Garnett is a tough guy. He’s a guy who
likes a tough guy behind him, sort of the bully but only in a gang.
It reminds me of when the Timberwolves traded Dean Garrett and
Garnett was inconsolable, literally sobbing in the locker room,
as Garrett was the guy who had to guard the tougher big man,
the blue collar guy who had Garnett’s back.
Interesting points of view.
Is there enough time to adjust before our window closes?