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Perk is the most important player in this series

RedsArmyAdmin May 25, 2010 Uncategorized 6 Comments

Dwight surrounded

We've all been talking about a lot of guys being very important.  And yeah… this team NEEDS a lot of guys to step up and do great things. 

But the fact of the matter is this:  Kendrick Perkins is THE most important player in this series.  And that was proven last night.

There were a few times last night where KG ended up on Dwight Howard after a switch, and Dwight suddenly reverted back to "Hawks series bulldozer."  Garnett had no shot at stopping him as Dwight used his one back-to-the-basket strategy effectively and got right to the rim.

That just doesn't happen when Dwight's got to deal with Kendrick Perkins.

Last night, Perk just didn't have it.  Doc also said the C's offense was so bad, he needed a 5th scorer on the floor… which meant we saw a lot more of Big Baby and Sheed.  And while they did an OK job on Howard, they still can't do what Perk has done.

On top of that, the pick-and-roll defense was terrible last night.  There were switches and rotations that gave the Magic, and Dwight Howard, a lot of easy looks.  At their best, the Celtics hedge out and help a guy get back into the defensive play.  That generally allows guys to get back into position and prevent a lot of what we saw.

The Magic weren't great last night, but they were good enough.  We saw them working the ball around the perimeter and get some good looks.  The shots were falling early, then they cooled off as the game went on.  But the only reason the shots were there is because the Celtics couldn't do what they've done all series:  guard Dwight Howard straight up.

That starts and ends with Kendrick Perkins.  He's done a great job for most of the series… and I'm sure he'll do a great job again.  Last night showed just how much we need him to be on the floor and effective on the defensive end.

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  • Mollysdaddy

    Interesting.
    Insight I hadn’t realized. Do you think with Perk in the game more last night, Nelson wouldn’t have eaten us up with his drives?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I think that’s more on whomever was up there on the pick and roll D. If you don’t show yourself after the pick and force the guard to take a wide path to the hoop… he’ll just turn the corner and destroy your D.
    If you show yourself, you can let your guard recover, then go find your man. C’s did a bad job of that.

  • NineSevenEight

    After three straight games of the Magic’s inside-outside strategy, more or less, I don’t think the Celtics were prepared for the amount of dribble penetration and pick and rolls. There were so many mismatches it felt like and too much confusion on the Celtics part. It’s in their best interest to be ready to play as a team tomorrow night.

  • Celtsfan33

    That’s dead-on analysis. Add to that Jameer Nelson’s first step which was a lot faster last night. Once he got by his defender we were in trouble.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    I agree with 978. What was more surprising to me was that it wasn’t VC doing it.
    Not to take anything away from Perk, (Jermaine O’who? Shaquille O’who?), I though the Magic ran a lot more double screens to slow Rondo down which also had a lot to do with Jameer freeing up and that definitely hurt the rotations.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    for as good as KG has been in the playoffs, whenever hes caught on howard on either end of the court its an embarrasment, he can do nothing to stop him, and he cant score on him either.
    By all means Perk, baby, or Sheed have to be on him, never ever KG