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Hollinger on Perkins

John Hollinger on ESPN.com has thrown down the gauntlet by saying Kendrick Perkins has to play a much more limited role for Oklahoma City to defeat Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.

His key stat is that the Thunder have had Perk on the court total of 82 minutes in the 3 games played in the Thunder-Mavs series.  While Perk has been on the court, the Thunder have been outscored by a whopping 32 points.  Conversely, when Perk has been on the bench for a total 62 minutes in the series, the Thunder have outscored the Mavs by 23.

The plus-minus stat is hard to ignore, and so are the slow starts by the Thunder, which he says coincidentally coincides with Perk being the wrong center for the Thunder against this particular Dallas team.  More evidence of Perkins limited contribution is the fact that Perk has only 11 points and 14 rebounds in the three games.

The problem?

[Tyson] Chandler is running circles around him off the ball, constantly forcing him to be a half-step out of position ... Perkins' weaknesses are magnified because he plays with another non-scorer, Thabo Sefolosha.

Hollinger does admit that against the right opponent . . . like the Magic . . . Perk can be devastating as he puts his big body to use against other relatively slow-footed bigs.

Playing the "What If?" game, I'm pretty sure that Perk would not have been a factor against the Heat if he were still on the Celtics, or the Bulls for that matter, i.e., Noah is also too mobile for Perk to handle.  But then again, neither were his de facto replacements:  Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.  The value of this trade may not be realized for some time, as Perk's values is clearly going to be situational with whatever team he plays with.  In the meantime, the Celtics need Green to improve and a healthy options at center available to keep the Ainge's "buyers remorse" at a manageable level.

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