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Your Morning Dump… Where Perk is back

RedsArmyAdmin February 14, 2011 Uncategorized 11 Comments

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Photo by Jim Rogash/ Getty Images

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Perkins posted his final six points of the game in the third quarter, during a frame in which the Celtics outscored the Heat 35-18 to assume a 74-61 edge heading into the fourth quarter. His final four points came at the free throw line — a place where he thrived against Miami by setting season-highs in both attempts and makes. His slightly unexpected offensive showing helped the Celtics atone for Paul Pierce's 0-for-10 shooting performance. Pierce, battling hand and foot ailments and expending his energy on the defensive end by guarding LeBron James, finished with only one point on the afternoon. In most cases, such a low offensive output from Pierce would doom the Celtics, but Perkins' post position and assertiveness filled the void and helped the Celtics emerge victorious. 

"I thought Perk took his time tonight," said Garnett. "A lot of times when he gets into trouble is when he rushes or when he goes too fast. We look for him. We just tell him to catch the ball and go up aggressive. We encourage him to score. You have to understand, with this team you have multiple guys that can do a lot of different things and when Perk is scoring it's one more scorer, but more than anything it's another threat that the opposite team has to pay attention to.

ESPN Boston: Heat learn the hard way: Perk is back 

First of all… I love that picture.  Seems like a great block.  I wonder how Perk had zero blocks in the box score.

Second of all… Perk did a great job yesterday taking advantage of a weakness on Miami.  They just don't have anyone strong enough to contend with Perk.  In fact, Miami's two weaknesses are at the point and on the post… so it's no shock that Perk finiushed with 15 and 6 along with a game-high +11, and Rondo finished with a triple double (yet somehow a -1). 

Sometimes I feel like Perk's shots fall by accident, but they've fallen like that for a long time.  You can tell he's not 100% back yet and he still needs some time to get his wind… but it's great to see Perk in there and contributing again.  

Related links: Celtics need Perkins  to score vs. Heat  |  

After the jump: Rondo defending LeBron made no sense, but it sorta worked

Rondo guarding lebron To be clear, this wasn’t part of the gameplan. Lawrence Frank, for one, turned to Rivers and said, “We can’t do this.”

But Rondo pressed on, hounding James up the court, keeping the Heat out of their offensive sets and rhythm and changing everything, really.

“I thought it was great,” Kendrick Perkins said. “We know what Rondo’s capable of doing and I think he turned it up another notch. I’ve never seen [anybody] make LeBron turn his back to the basket. That was huge.”

After a timeout, Rondo went to the huddle fully expecting Rivers to switch it up, but the coach had other ideas. He said nothing, and so Rondo continued doing what he was doing.

“Listen,” Rivers said. “Sometimes you go off the book. That matchup made no sense honestly. It hurt us a couple of times.”

Once James started taking Rondo into the post it was over. Rondo fought and tried to hold his position, but once James put his 270 pounds of mass to work there wasn’t much the Celtics could do except help and leave other players wide open under the basket.

You may never see this defense again, because it really didn’t make any sense. But that’s the thing with Rondo. He sees things others don’t and he has the ability to act on them.

 WEEI: Rajon Rondo sees things others don't see

I'll be honest, I had no idea what the hell the Celtics were doing when Rondo checked LeBron.  But anything to get the ball out of his hands, I suppose. 

Once the C's had successfully turned the rest of the Heat into last year's Cavaliers, Rondo had to do something to slow LeBron down before he completely took the game over and willed the Heat to a win.  Keeping LeBron from dropping his head, bullrushing to the basket, and scoring/drawing fouls is a big deal. 

Flanns is right… we might never see this defense again.  Because the next time we see the Heat (April 10) we hope the C's have more healthy bodies to throw at them.  And if we don't have more healthy bodies by April 10… then we've go bigger problems than "how are we guarding LeBron". 

Related links:  CSNNE:  Rondo pesters LeBron on the defensive end  |  Rondo gets inside the heads of the Heat  |  Globe: Cold shoulder  |  MWDN:  Rondo's defense on James key to Celtics win  |  

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Heat still can't solve Celtics  |  Wafer steps up for undermanned C's  |  Pierce to have MRI on his foot  |  How Davis re-discovered his rhythm  |  ESPN Boston:  In your face  |  Pierce scheduled for MRI  |  WEEI:  Chris Bosh: "I really hate losing to the Celtics"  |  Pierce to have MRI on foot, hand also hurting  |  Doc: Rondo's the smartest I've coached  |  Rivers: No quick return for Daniels  |  Herald:  Miami takes strike 3  |  Tiny bench, huge mark  |  Celtics love Heat of moment  |  Line for Pierce:  2 injuries, no baskets  |  Green wall real monster for James  |  Globe:  Pierce to undergo MRI on left foot  |  Game photos  |  No substitution for reserves  

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  • Cam

    haha he had no blocks because apparently that “block” was called a foul during the game. I was at the game and remember that play. Pretty funny to see how clean it actually was

  • Jinno Rufino is Gay

    Looks like Luke Harangody will shut down lebron at april 10

  • What’s Your Excuse?

    Rondo is like a pesky fly that won’t go away. lol.

  • Double P

    It’s amazes me to watch this team with perk back in the lineup and how dominent we can be defensively. Anyone else see the difference? Once shaq and d west get healthy we will be able to win in such a variety of ways

  • paul

    Rondo’s minus one is so ridiculous. It’s just a reminder that stats are there as a sidekick to thought, not as the main course. As Doc said, Rondo willed us to victory. Minus one! Lol!

  • KGHaTTR

    Perk – this photo is going straight to the pool room.

  • scott

    Ok – I realize that Perk is a force defensively and on the boards, but I think sometimes we might over rate him. He is so difficult to watch offensively – I swear he has the worst hands of all time. The biggest concern I have with Perk is how he bogs down the offense at the end of games. I would much rather have a threat like Big Baby finishing games, even if that means we lose some size and strength inside.

  • Classless

    I agree. I love his defense and toughness, but like Rondo, his glaring flaw (in his case, bringing the ball down to his knees under hoop every time) hasn’t been addressed.

  • fick

    I just LOVED the incessant pestering by Rondo on James. The photos from this game, and that match-up, make me laugh and laugh and laugh. Rondo’s like a dog with a bone, he’s not giving up. I love that about him.

  • PPsucks

    LOL back? Porkins is garbage lol

  • javagoogle

    “we might never see this defense again.”
    I think we will see lots more ‘weird shit’ this season…
    Lineups with KG @ the 1, crazy matchups, hey maybe some more AB on Kobe action etc.
    Some shit will work. Some won’t.
    Some planned, others not.
    Hold on to your hats.
    18!!!