We often only think about the Big 3 when it comes to rest and minutes and that should definitely be a priority because of age.  In the past week though I heard Tommy mention Perk having plantar fasciitis in Tommy and Mike's Mailbag and then last night Donny Marshall said on the broadcast that Perkins has no lift right now. Perkins is not the same player he was in the beginning of the season or last year in the playoffs. Back in November and December you could have easily argued that Perk should be an all-star... and many fans did. Astute fans said he had been one of the Celtics top performers up until that point. As I guess is the fickle nature of sports fans, since his struggles began many have turned on Perkins. Where he was once considered with Rondo the future of this team, his stock has seemed to plummet in the eyes of many Celtics fans. I don't share that view. I believe that like the captain has admitted to doing, Perkins is simply playing at a health level nowhere near 100%

I believe the best course of action would be to sit Perkins for a few games and split his minutes up between the well deserving Glen Davis, the less deserving Rasheed Wallace, and Shelden Williams. The Celtics are not going to win a championship unless all of their key players are as close to 100% healthy in the playoffs as possible. Kendrick Perkins is one of those key players. Sit Kendrick now, so that the beast can be whole again.

JR 3/23/2010 05:05:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    i definitely agree after all he is an all star contender center in the Celtic Fan eyes and js like the Andrew Bogut or the CHirs Kaman is for the Bucks and the Clippers only differences is that Perkins is on a Championship team and any hopes of a repeat you have to ensure healthiness so i think that is a prioprity on the Celtic bench and utlizing the Other hopeful Centers Glen DAvis is more capabl and Willing and it should def. Be taken in consideration Gotta Work with what you Got and your not working with Machines here. Sooo...not always the capility that matters but also the avialiablity making it work...it's a team effort.! and you always have Finley you gotta work the players into the team in order for them to get better so that they feel comfortable playin on the court and on that team and in that position..Rasheed can do it Davis and Finley and even Shelden Williams can do it but its about how you use them. They made it to the NBA with those skills and we as a Team must use them and polish those skills. How can they get better and show what they got if the never get the Quality time and feeling actually apart of the Team talk in the huddles feel apart of the team, time of the court, time to get better, time to learn each others weakness, and showing where each other can improve on. That is the future of the Celtics, the old teaching the new and showing the new. Coming on to the court Aggressively and effectively, showing heart, thats what Leon Powe did when he played with the team and thats what we have to do Now the BEnch players not js playing as Bench Players but with the same level of confidence the Starters Leave on the Floor and stepping into the rotation. Keeping the tone alive and up. GO Celtics its time to Play Celtic Ball with Pride.!!

  2. Jeff says:

    Never thought of resting Perks. That might just be the trick to get him revitalised for the playoffs

  3. Margaret says:

    Good point, JR... Perk could definitely use some rest.

  4. tb727 says:

    So if Glen Davis is well deserving and Rasheed is less deserving, then is Shelden Williams equally deserving lol?

    Yes Perkins could use some time off.

    And wait til Rasheed in the playoffs when he'll shoot like 50% on 3s...

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have plantar fascitis. I know how bad it can be. If he has this, which takes a long time to heal and will never heal if you are running everyday, he is in trouble.

  6. ThomasJ says:

    I said last week that if Perk was a rookie he hit the wall around the all-star break.

  7. Jenda says:

    tb is that sarcasm? I think effort-wise the only thing he deserved so far is a beating. lol

  8. Karl says:

    Rest Perk. We can win games in the regular season without him but need him at full strength for the playoffs. Good article JR.

  9. JR says:

    Hmm whoever wrote this post 4 days ago was definitely on to something. Kudos. ;)

  10. Jenda says:

    Dude, you actually praise yourself for the article?
    /high pitch Zach Braff voice/: Lame!

  11. JR says:

    Oh Jenda. I wrote this? Lemme check... Oh you are indeed correct. ;)

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