The storyline in the third meeting of the season series between the Celtics and Heat. The Celtics have Perk for this game. The Oneal brothers would not be able to play. JO was out with his surgery,and Shaq's injury was just a few weeks old at that time. The Celtics used a 8 man rotation in this game. Daniels out,and so was D.West,and no Erden. The Celtics just lost to the Lakers,and going into this game the Celtics and Heat were at a dead lock for the top spot in the East,and the Heat wanted to win there first game against the Celtics.
Watching this game again. I wanted to focus on Perk. He has been used over and over again as the guy the Celtics miss and need, His impact is more than stats. In this game he played 30 minutes. He scored 15 points in this game 4/8 from the field., He actually made 7 of 9 from the foul line. Despite the scoring Perk only grabbed 4 boards. The Celtics lost the battle of the boards by just one. Perk also had zero blocks. His impact in the game watching it again? His role can be utilized by JO,and what Shaq can give us. That's still very uncertain at this time about Shaq. Baby and KG played very solid in this game. Baby played down the stretch,and just a shade under Perks minute total. Baby really had the bigger impact. Baby will need to play this way. His play has been up and down as of late. I have wanted Doc to reduce his role,but if he's able to play solid like this. I will want him to play. The front line of the Heat is nothing to worry about. That's at least a thought of many. The Celtics with Shaq would have the upper hand,