Perkins says this series is over; Everyone counting the Celtics out might be just want the players need
Perkins has tried to do a good job and not be biased in his reporting. He has gone after former teammate/friend Kevin Durant several times and picked the Raptors to defeat the Celtics in 6 prior to last series. Neither Smith's or Perkins' predictions right now are disrespect to the Celtics, but don't be surprised if the Celtics use everyone counting them out now as motivation. The whole "backs against the wall" thing. Should they need that extra moitivation? No. But for a team that just had a conflict inside the locker room, a nice us against the world mentality might do them some good.