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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WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”
Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . . he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”