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Perk on Dirk

Kendrick Perkins will start out on Dirk Nowitzki tonight. Perkins did a good job on the All-Star in the first half of last week’s game against Dallas but was burned in the second half.

“Perk’s adjustment watching the film was in the second half, [Nowitzki] just went quick,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “In the first half he tried to bait Perk, but Perk stayed down and his length actually bothered him a little bit. In the second half [Nowitzki] made speed an issue. So we have to be ready for that.”

Rivers has been pleased with Perkins’s play of late.

“He’s been great,” said Rivers. “I just have to assume that his foot is feeling better and that he’s in better shape. Perk, people forget, the first month-and-a-half was pretty good, too. Though he’s been in uniform every night, he’s really struggled with his foot all year. In my opinion we didn’t see the real Kendrick Perkins this year.”

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