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Celtics Sneak Past the Jazz 107-102

Nick Green

A Celtics victory over the Jazz is nothing to write home about — Boston typically yawns its way through any game not against the likes of the Lakers or the Heat. That said, I watched all of last night’s Celtics game in an effort to get my first glimpse of this new look Celtics squad. It was a hell of a game, with a few notable happenings worth sharing.

1) Ray Allen scored 20 of his 25 points in the last 7 minutes of the game, including 3-3 shooting on ridiculously off-balance 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter. He iced the Jazz and ultimately won the Celtics the game.

2) Newcomer Nenad Krstic had 11 points and 8 boards, while new arrival Jeff Green made an unbelievable block with the game on the line. A solid start for the new guys.

3) Kevin Garnett, who has been receiving quite a bit of flack on this blog for his dirty play of late, was up to his tricks once again — except this time they all worked out perfectly. This included a scuffle with Al Jefferson at the far end of the court, leading to a frustrated Jefferson charging Garnett in a desperate effort to score on the ensuing possession. Garnett forced Jefferson into traveling, getting the ball back for the Celtics at a key moment. Even better yet was when Garnett decided he had to stall the game and fix the padding around the edge of the backboard in an effort to give a winded Paul Pierce an additional moment to catch his breath before shooting a free throw. The look Garnett received from the ref was priceless, but Pierce made the shot.

4) The Jazz’s Derrick Favors, the 3rd overall pick in the 2010 draft class, is a beast. I’d look for him to be a good player for a long time to come.

The Celts have a really easy stretch of games coming up, starting with the Suns of Wednesday night.

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Kendrick Perkins — What’s His Value to the Celtics?

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By Matt Moore, howiGit Contributing Writer, Boston, MA

Tuesday marked the first time Kendrick Perkins played a basketball game since his knee gaveout during Game 6 of the 2010 Finals. After extensive rehab, Perkins returned to action sooner than anyone expected, coming off the bench during the Celtics 112-95 win over Cleveland on Tuesday. In 17 minutes, the center had 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. He followed that up by playing 21 minutes against Portland on Thursday, and posting 10 points and 9 rebounds.

All things considered, Perkins looks pretty good, considering he’s only three games back from an injury that can be absolutely devastating for an athlete, especially a basketball player, and even more so for a big man like Perkins. Obviously he’s rusty. Obviously it’s going to take some time for him to get his rhythm back and get on the same page as the other starters. There will be some rough patches on the road to getting 100%. For his part, Perkins seems optimistic and the team is excited to start moving towards a completely healthy roster. Eventually when he is back to form, Perkins will slide into his spot as the starting center. Shaq will move to the bench and give that unit some strength and size.

The team is excited and so are the fans– the Garden gave Perkins a standing ovation when he came in the game on Tuesday. A lot of people maintain that had Perkins not gone down in Game 6, then the Celtics would have banner 18 hanging in the rafters right now. I don’t doubt the value of Perkins to the Celtics, especially on the defensive end. However, part of me questions whether this notion is something fans tell themselves to take some of the sting out of blowing a fourth quarter lead in Game 7 against the Lakers. All home fans overrate their players to some extent or another, and Perkins is probably just such a case. I’m almost positive most fans outside of Boston don’t care much for Perkins and feel he is overrated, annoying, or both. I know that at times I’ve been frustrated by watching him play over the last seven years. He tends to struggle with offensive post moves, constantly bringing the ball down on rebounds or catches rather than going up strong. The fact that he continually complains about calls also bothers me. But there are some positives. His post defense is solid, especially against Dwight Howard for some reason. In terms of team defense he is an important piece working along side Garnett. His pick and roll defense is worth noting. Plus his strength and ability to impose on other centers is an advantage.

Numbers wise, Perkins has ever done anything that really sticks out. His career averages: 6.4 PPG, 6 RPG, 1.4 BPG, .564% FG. Last season was arguably his best as a Celtic: 8.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, .602% shooting. These aren’t exactly All-Star level stats, but Perkins play fits in with Garnett, Pierce, Allen, and Rondo. As many fans will tell you, Perkins value isn’t always something that can be counted or averaged out. Still, some people continue to say that Perkins and Rondo are just along for the ride by playing with the Big Three and benefit accordingly. Rondo is proving that it’s tough to keep that argument alive. However, for Perkins, it’s not as easy. His numbers have jumped since Garnett and Allen arrived, and so has his apparent value in the minds of fans. But this could just as much be attributed to Perkins coming along in his own development at the right time.

For all his inconsistencies and limited offense, what Perkins does give the Celtics is another experienced big man who knows the system and has succeeded playing within it. He takes the burden off Shaq and bolsters the team defense. In a playoff series against Orlando, he can keep Howard contained. Matching up with the Lakers’ bigs is another reason Boston brought in O’Neal to go along with Perkins and Davis.

So as the Celtics continue to work back towards full health, it will be interesting to see how the team dynamic reacts in the second half of the season. In the mean time, let’s let Perkins be Perkins and remember the type of player he is.

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You’re the Coach….

If you were Doc Rivers, who would you start tonight in Game 7 of the NBA Finals now that Kendrick Perkins is out — Glen “Big Baby” Davis or Rasheed Wallace?

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Game 6 Review

The Lakers crushed the Celtics last night, in a shallacking that was even worse than the final score. While the Celtics played poorly, give the Lakers credit — they played by far their best game of the Finals.

Game 7 is Thursday night.

I expect the Lakers to take game 7, and for everybody to go gaga over Kobe Bryant as usual. I just don’t see the Celtics pulling this one out. I hope I’m wrong.

The one piece of optimism I have is this — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett must look at each other sometime before game 7 and say — “Is it really going to end like this?” These players are all approaching the end, and I think they know for sure this is their last chance to win another championship.

So what’s it going to be guys, a huge championship victory to complete your career and ride off into the sunset, or are you going to be just another notch in Kobe Bryant’s belt buckle?

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Shannon Brown can Get Up

Lakers vs Celtics Game 6 Highlights 2010 NBA Finals Shannon Brown Alleyoop Dunk

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My Keys to a Celtics Win Tonight

In order……

1) Stay out of foul trouble. If the Celtics are going to win game 6, it’s going to be in a close game — and they are going to need to be able to play free.

2) Establish Paul Pierce as a scorer early. If I was Doc, I’d tell him to go out super aggressive ala game 5. If he’s scoring, he opens up opportunities for everybody else.

3) Do what you’ve been doing on Kobe Bryant — make it tough as hell for him. If he’s going to beat you, he better be making high-degree of difficulty shots.

4) Try to get an early lead — make ’em panic by putting their back up against the wall.

If the Celts can do this (a tall order), #18 will be in the books.

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Game 5 Report

We got the one we needed. A big game for us. Kobe is pissed.

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