“We’re playing really well right now, but we need a break,” said Rivers. “You know, Paul (Pierce), Ray (Allen) . . . all of them need a break, and, you know, I worry when we come out of a break because it will be four days off. And it doesn’t matter who we play, because (our opponent) will be in rhythm. But I would take this break right now. This is absolutely needed.”
"We have a good schedule…We earned it. The first month was awful and they are paying us back now."
Doc is giving the guys the entire weekend off and will have them practice Monday and Tuesday before Wednesday's game against New Jersey. This means we don't have to get on Doc's case for reducing minutes – the light schedule takes care of that.
The team doesn't go back-to-back until the final two days of the regular season (at Philly, vs Wash) and depending on playoff seedings, Ray and Paul might get those days off anyways.
Perk was a quote machine after the game:
"They tried to play physical, but you can't be something that you're not. Either you're physical or you're not, I don't care who tells you to be."
"Everybody keeps talking about it's a rivalry," Perkins said. "How is it a rivalry? Last year, we beat them [during the regular] season, then they took us to seven games, then we beat them, 4-0, this year. When you have a team's number, keep it."
"When Rondo is aggressive, I think there is no team in the league that can beat us. I'm talking about when he is looking to score, I think he's one of the better point guards in the league, and I don't think he gets enough credit. He's been working on his jump shot and he's just got to shoot it with confidence."
And Hawks coach Mike Woodson loves Davis and Perk but doesn't think much of KG:
“They’re not that much different," said Woodson. "KG, he’s just a double-double guy, and I think Big Baby and Perkins are filling up that void of him not being in there, I think they’re doing an excellent job. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they’ve won the title so they’ve been through the ringer, they’ve been through big games last year in the playoffs so they don’t shy away from it."
Yup – guys like David Lee or Troy Murphy are KG clones. What a fool….
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After the jump – video of Big Baby's Big Block.