Keeping up with Perk: Heat top Thunder in Game 2

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Keeping up with Perk: Heat top Thunder in Game 2

The Miami Heat fought off a fourth quarter comeback by the Oklahoma City Thunder to win Game 2 of the 2012 NBA Finals, 100-96, and tie the series at 1-1 on Thursday night. See how former Boston Celticcurrent Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins performed in the game:

Minutes: 20
Points: 4 (1-5 FG, 2-2 FT)
Rebounds: 8 (4 offensive, 4 defensive)
Assists: 0
Blocks: 1
Turnovers: 3
Personal Fouls: 3
Technical Fouls: 0
-: -16

When asked why he played Perkins over Nick Collison in the third quarter instead of going with a smaller lineup, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said, He's one of our better players. We have three good choices Serge (Ibaka), Nick and Perk. I thought Perk, Perk is our best screener. He gets guys open. He scores by setting screens. And there's no stat for that, but that's what he does. Small ball, medium ball, big ball, that did not lose the game. Toughness lost the game.

Perkins is averaging 4.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game this postseason.

The Thunder and Heat will play Game 3 on Sunday night in Miami.

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.

But that pot's still simmering,

And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .

But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.

Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .  

Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal. 

Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.

For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.

It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.

5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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