Celtics need Perkins to score vs. Heat

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Celtics need Perkins to score vs. Heat

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Kendrick Perkins understands that one of the reasons why the Boston Celtics have been so successful in recent years is because all the players, himself included, have accepted very defined roles.

But when injuries come about, roles change, and in the case of Perkins, they even expand.

That certainly was the case on Sunday as the Celtics needed Perkins to do more than just rebound and defend.

They needed him to score.

And Perkins didn't disappoint, scoring a season-high 15 points in helping the Celtics escape with an 85-82 win over the Miami Heat.

"We told Perk that he had to be a great rover and finisher (against the Heat)," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "Because they do a great job of showing with their bigs. I told him, 'just trust the pass. it will be there.' "

Perkins had added motivation with the Celtics having lost three of their last four games, and in need of a win over Miami to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings.

As far as his game, Perkins came into it knowing that he would get opportunities to score.

"We know they're a great help team (defensively)," Perkins said. "They trap hard on the pick-and-roll, so we felt like if you set a good pick on those guys, get guys open, the guy who sets the pick is usually open."

In addition to his scoring, Perkins was also instrumental in the Celtics' defense keeping the Heat from having their way around the basket.

"Every night, Perk's good defensively," Rivers said. "I don't have to worry about that."

Perkins was also aided by some impressive shooting from the free throw line.

Shooting a career-low 48 percent from the line this season, Perkins made all seven of his free throw attempts.

Even more impressive than the free throws and the point total, was the fact that he played 31 minutes.

Perkins, who returned ahead of schedule last month following surgery to repair a torn MCL and PCL injury suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last June, has played at least 30 minutes in each of the Celtics' last five games.

"I'm all right," Perkins said. "Luckily we got a few days in between games right now. I'm just making sure I get my rest, coming in and getting treatments, stuff like that. Obviously I'm a little sore all over the place. But at the end of the day, I'm just happy to be back on the court. Being happy to be out there is just overpowering everything else."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

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Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

In this week's jam packed episode of CSNNE.com's "Celtics Talk Podcast", Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk with former Celtic Leon Powe about this year's team, plus his role on the 2008 Championship squad. Powe tells some great stories about Kevin Garnett, and has an interesting take on Ray Allen not being invited to the reunion vacation Rajon Rondo is planning.

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Also included in this week's episode, Brian Scalabrine's interview with head coach Brad Stevens, plus the "Celtics PostUp" crew talks with Jae Crowder about his many nicknames, whether the 1st seed in the East is important, and his improvement on the floor.

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball said a bunch of crazy things Thursday during his appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe. Among them: He thinks that every white teenager gets a $100,000 car from their parents. 

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The most notable for Celtics fans’ purposes as it relates to the chances of Lonzo Ball coming to Boston was that the father does not want the C’s to take the UCLA product with the potential first overall pick of the 2017 draft. He also vowed not to be a pain in Brad Stevens’ ass if the C’s do take the point guard. 

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Ball was also asked about Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. He said that he doesn’t know Ainge and has never spoken to him, but he did have an interesting description of the scrappy Ainge’s playing days.  

“I don’t know anything about Danny Ainge, but I know when he was a player, he was one of them sticklers to get up under you, boy,” Ball said. “But I haven’t talked to him. I don’t know Danny Ainge, I just watched him play when he was younger and I knew for a white guy, you could elbow him in the face. He was going to get back up and keep playing.” 

Ball did not say whether he thinks his son would have a better playing career than Ainge, a one-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, but that should be assumed.