Kendrick Perkins may be fighting for a title with the Oklahoma City Thunder this postseason, but the Boston Celtics were on his mind following their elimination at the hands of the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
After a Game 5 win of his own in which the Thunder took a 3-2 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals, Perkins reacted to the end of his former teams season.
I was wishing we could both end up in the Finals and meet up, Perkins told Yahoo.com, or something crazy like that . . . I hated to see them go down like this.
Perkins is averaging 4.6 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Thunder this postseason. His impact on the Celtics team chemistry has been a topic of discussion ever since he was traded in February.
Following the Celtics' elimination, Celtics President of Basketball Operation Danny Ainge was asked by ESPN Boston if he would do the deal that sent Perkins to Oklahoma City again. In return, Boston acquired Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
Yes," Ainge told ESPN. "No regrets.
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BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas was among the breakout performers in the NBA this past season, earning the Celtics guard his first All-Star appearance in the process.
And when the league announced its three All-NBA teams on Thursday, Thomas was among the contingent of players receiving votes.
Thomas, who averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game this past season, received a total of 20 points which was more than perennial standouts Pau Gasol (16 points) of Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki (8 points) of Dallas and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (2 points).
Golden State’s Stephen Curry was a unanimous first-team selection as he was named to the first team on all 129 ballots submitted for a total of 645 points. Points for first, second and third team nominations were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Joining Curry on the first team was LeBron James who was named to the first Team for the 10th time in his 13 NBA seasons; San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
The second team includes Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland’s Damian Lillard.
On the third team, there’s Paul George of Indiana, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Andre Drummond of Detroit, Klay Thompson of Golden State and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.