The Miami Heat are one win away from the NBA championship after capturing Game 4 of the NBA Finals, 104-98, against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. See how former Boston Celticcurrent Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins performed in the game:
Points: 4 (2-5 FG, 0-0 FT)
Rebounds: 3 (0 offensive, 3 defensive)
Personal Fouls: 2
Technical Fouls: 0
When asked about the limited minutes of the Thunder big men, including Perkins, in Game 4, head coach Scott Brooks said, You have to make decisions. I think our bigs have done a great job. You've got to pick the big. I thought Nick (Collison) was giving us good minutes, Serge (Ibaka) was giving us good minutes, and Perk was giving us good minutes. You've got to pick one of them. There's only so many minutes you can throw out to the team. What I'm more concerned with our quality of minutes is how they're played, and I thought everybody went in there and played great minutes with great effort, and that's what you love.
Perkins is averaging 4.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game this postseason.
The Thunder and Heat will play Game 5 on Thursday night in Miami. The Heat lead the series, 3-1.
To see how Perk did in Game 3, click here. Here are the rundowns on
Perk's performances in Game 1 and Game 2.
BOSTON – Facing Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook with a fully healthy squad is tough.
Doing so without your leading scorer makes the challenge all that much greater.
That is where the Celtics find themselves heading into Sunday night’s game against the Thunder without Isaiah Thomas, who did not travel with the team when they left for Oklahoma City today.
Boston’s leading scorer this season with 26 points per game, Thomas suffered a right groin injury against Houston on Dec. 5 and has missed the Celtics’ past two games because of it.
He was hoping to convince Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to let him travel with the team, but Thomas acknowledged convincing Ainge was a long shot.
“He’s not really in favor of me going,” Thomas told reporters on Friday. “I’m trying to convince them to let me go. If I’m there, they know I’m going to try and play. I’m shooting for Wednesday [at San Antonio] for the most part. That’s more realistic than Sunday. Hopefully I can play on Wednesday.”
Boston has split the two games with Thomas out, beating the you-know-what out of Orlando 117-87 on the road, but dropping one at home 101-94 to Toronto on Friday night.
As disappointed as Thomas is with not being able to play – it’s the first games he has missed since the 2014-2015 season – he understands the potential problems that could surface with an injury like this if he and the Celtics aren’t careful.
“They keep wanting to be very patient with this,” Thomas said. “They don’t want to re-injure it. It is an injury that can get re-injured and be a problem the rest of the season. I don’t want that. On top of that, it gives me time to heal all the other injuries I have.”
Among the other injuries Thomas was referring to, is a still-swollen finger on his left (shooting) hand.
The injury was believed to have happened on Nov. 12 against Indiana.
While it was painfully sore, it didn’t seem to be an issue in Boston’s next game against New Orleans when he scored a season-high 37 points. He followed that up with a 30-point performance in a 90-83 win over Dallas.