|The other Kendrick Perkins||06.09.10 at 11:13 pm ET|
Kendrick Perkins thought the only other person who shared the same name was his son.
He was surprised to discover there was another Kendrick Perkins out there … and he had been drafted by the Red Sox.
“No they didn’t,” he said when told of the Red Sox pick. “They did for real?”
Earlier this week, the Red Sox selected the outfielder from La Porte High School (TX) in the sixth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. La Porte is located just 75 miles from Beaumont, home of the Celtics big man.
But there are more differences that separate the two than the hour-plus drive. At 6’10, 280 pounds, the elder Perkins towers over the younger Perkins, who is listed at 6’2, 225 pounds. According to Baseball Beginnings, Perkins possesses above average speed and is an aggressive base runner, another contrast to the center.
“They got another Kendrick Perkins?” he asked. “I thought I was the only one. That’s cool though.”
|How Fisher ‘won the game for them’||06.09.10 at 2:10 am ET|
Rajon Rondo did it in Game 2 and Derek Fisher followed suit in Game 3.
“[He] won the game for them,” Doc Rivers said. “Derek Fisher was the difference in the game.”
After the Lakers watched Rondo dominate the fourth quarter on Sunday night, Fisher scored 11 points in the final 12 minutes of the Lakers 91-84 victory on Tuesday.
Fisher shot five-for-seven during that stretch, an instant improvement from 5-for-16 shooting in the first two games. His late burst included a 3-point play that put the Lakers up seven with less than a minute to go.
“We let Derek Fisher dribble the ball all the way up the court, unattended, get a 3-point play,” said Rivers. “If you get a stop there, we had two timeouts left, three timeouts at the time, we had plenty of time.”
Said Glen Davis, “I think Derek Fisher won the game for them. He took over the game.  seconds left in the game, down by four, our defense … let a guy all the way down the court for a layup, naked. Together as a whole we’ve got to do better.”
Fisher’s domination will undoubtedly be a hot topic of conversation as the Celtics prepare for Game 4, trailing 2-1. It may have burned them in Game 3, but there are lessons to be learned moving forward.
“We’ve got to hang in there,” said Rivers. “It’s not going to be an easy game. None of them are going to be, and that’s what we have to do.”
|Celtics happy to be home||06.08.10 at 9:30 pm ET|
The last time the Celtics played an NBA finals game at TD Garden was June 17, 2008.
The finals have returned to Boston almost exactly two years later on June 8, 2010, and the Celtics could not be happier to be playing at home.
“It feels good to be back home for a few games,” Kendrick Perkins said prior to Game 3. “I think it’s the finals, Boston-Lakers rivalry, just to see how the fans are going to be. I know there’s going to be a lot of energy in the building so it feels good just to be back home.”
Even though the Celtics were 24-17 at home during the regular season, a drastic drop from their 35-6 records in the prior two seasons, they have reclaimed their turf during the playoffs. The C’s have clinched the previous three series at home.
“[We’re] back home,” said Tony Allen. “Time to take care of business.”
|Pierce not concerned with offensive struggles||06.07.10 at 1:38 am ET|
LOS ANGELES — Paul Pierce isn’t worried.
In spite of shooting 2-for-11 in Game 2 of the NBA finals, the Celtics captain was not concerned.
He knows he can perform better, but he doesn’t have to force his shot when his teammates are getting it done on the offensive end.
“I think I struggled offensively, I think I rushed a lot,” Pierce said following the Celtics Game 2 win over the Lakers. “I don’t think it was too much about what Ron (Artest) did (defensively). I had about three or four open shots off the pick-and-roll that guys got me open that I missed. I loved the looks I got tonight. I’m happy with that, but at the same time I’m not going to force the issue on my offense.”
Pierce finished the game with 10 points, 14 less than in Game 1. But it’s how he made up for it that matters. He grabbed four rebounds and held Artest to just six points off of 1-for-10 shooting. Pierce considers himself to be a versatile player, not just a scorer, and he utilized those skills to help the Celtics get the win.
“I don’t have a big burden for me offensively on my team as Kobe (Bryant) does,” he said. “So when I’m not out here making buckets I’m out there trying to rebound, defend, make plays for other guys. Obviously Ray was the catalyst tonight along with Rajon (Rondo), so I tried to do other things.”
|Rivers delivers critical last remarks to Celtics||06.06.10 at 7:54 pm ET|
LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers’ parting words to the Celtics during their team meeting on Sunday were simple but critical.
“He said rebounding is the key,” Kendrick Perkins told WEEI.com prior to Game 2 of the NBA finals. “Those were his last remarks, that rebounding was the key.”
The Celtics were outrebounded 42-31 by the Lakers in their Game 1 loss. Not only did they lack aggressiveness on the glass, they let the Lakers drive the lane and get into the paint with ease.
Neither can happen in Game 2 if they want to go back to Boston with a win.
“I think we’ve got to control dribble penetration,” said Perkins. “All five guys have got to attack the basket and we’ll be alright.”
|Daniels active for Game 2||06.06.10 at 7:44 pm ET|
LOS ANGELES — Marquis Daniels will be active for Game 2 of the NBA finals. He has not played since suffering a concussion in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“I’m just going to go out there and play head first, go hard,” he said prior to the game.
Daniels participated in his first full practice since the injury on Saturday. He was not limited in contact and ran into Kendrick Perkins on a few pick-and-rolls.
Daniels hopes to bring energy off the bench and will not let the memories of the concussion hold him back. He said he would “go out there and get nasty and dirty” if he name is called.
As for any lingering side effects, Daniels has not experienced any so far. But he is prepared just in case. He took a note from Glen Davis, who battled through noise sensitivity after suffering a concussion, and has a pair of yellow ear plugs on hand in his locker.
|Perkins won’t hold back again||06.05.10 at 8:44 pm ET|
EL SEGUNDO — Kendrick Perkins admitted he let his technical foul trouble hold him back in Game 1 of the NBA finals. But he promises he won’t let it happen again.
“Last game in a way I was [holding back],” he said prior to practice on Saturday. “But this game coming up, I’m just going to be myself. We’ve got to get this win, so whatever it takes.”
Perkins entered the NBA finals with six technical fouls, one shy of an automatic one-game suspension. Putting the potential consequence out of his mind is easier said than done. He scaled back his aggressiveness and didn’t go as hard on defense as he would have liked.
“Just a few times where I probably would have went in there and mixed it up a little bit, just got tangled up with guys, I didn’t,” he said. “I was like, ‘I can’t do it.’ Or a time a guy was holding me is a time I might have locked up with him just because. But there are times when you want to get in there and mix it up, go in there and bang a little bit, but you’ve just got to pick and choose.”
After the Lakers dominated the boards and got inside the lane with ease, Perkins knows he has to play differently in Game 2. He looks to find a balance between smart basketball and physical basketball.
Besides, Doc Rivers has made it clear what can happen if Perkins continues to hold back.
“What didn’t he say?” said Perkins. “He said everything, that we need to play harder, that this isn’t the team that played the last game against Orlando, it’s night and day. He said we need to come out and attack or we’d be getting sent home early, so we’ve got to come out and play hard.”