Kendrick Perkins is hurt. He’s been hurt most of the season. His foot probably won’t be at 100 percent at any point this year.
“It’s still pain,” Perkins said after posting a double-double against the Hawks Wednesday night. “I don’t just want to keep making excuses, but I’m not going to lie about it either. It’s something that if I’m on the court I have to produce. Coach has been saying ‘We want the old Perk back. Just fight through it.’”
Perkins played 28 minutes against Atlanta Wednesday night. He said he is happy his foot is allowing him increased minutes, but the minutes haven’t completely solved the problem.
“It’s good, but there were two problems,” said Perkins. “Once I got going, I was getting tired. So I had to come out of the game. But now when I get going my wind is getting right and I’m feeling better out on the court.”
Perkins said he was tired of watching his teammates step up and not contributing himself.
“For a few games I was kind of down on myself. Watching Al and Rondo and D-West step their games up to a whole other level kind of motivates you to say ‘These guys are stepping their games up, I need to do the same thing.’ You don’t want to get left behind. If your teammates are doing a good job and you’re out there slacking, I don’t think that’s a good look.”
Perkins said he is starting to get into a groove with teammate Al Jefferson.
“I’m not saying we’re both not going to play both ends of the court, but we’ve got two different roles,” said Perkins. “I think his is more on the offensive end and mine is more on the defensive end. We have to put that together the best we can. If I can save his legs from going up and getting rebounds and he can get some buckets on the offensive end, it helps.”
“I knew I had to make the right decision or Doc was going to get on me. At first I thought [Pachulia] was going to take the charge. I was really ready for that. I did kind of feel like Rondo a little bit. I thought I had a little speed behind it.”
Note: I apologize to those of you used to seeing a greater variety of postgame quotes in this space. The fire alarm went off at the Garden and security forced everyone out of the building. Herding to the stairwell a group of sportswriters on deadline is not a pretty sight. You can’t make this stuff up. Check out Thursday’s Globe for more from tonight’s game.