If you’ve noticed that Kendrick Perkins isn’t as effective on the offensive end as he was earlier in the season, you’re not alone. Doc Rivers says Perkins has gone back to some old habits.
“He’s gotten away from finishing quickly,” said Rivers. “Guys who work on something all summer, they come back from the year and they do it right out of the gate, they’re succesful with it, and then they get away from it. It’s tough to get it back.”
Perkins has never been known to be an offensive force, but gone are the pretty jump-hooks and quick, punishing turnaround moves that Perkins showcased in December and January.
“That’s where we have to get Perk to do a better job, rolling better and catching and finishing,” said Rivers. “Right now he’s a gatherer again. We thought we got him out of that, and he’s back to it. We work on it. But he was far more effective earlier in the year.”
For now, Perkins is back to being a defender and rebounder, a role he excels at as well as any player in the league. The Celtics will take that, for now.
— Don’t expect a wholly different approach from the Celtics. The team met up at the arena early this afternoon to watch film but the players have not had much time to make any serious adjustments from Game 3.
“I told them to go home and get some sleep,” said Rivers. “This turnaround is a tough turnaround for everybody.