You haven’t shaken the Celtics yet, Miami, at least not by how I figure things. You see, just because an NBA player plays for the Celtics doesn’t mean that he has really become a Celtic. And likewise, a player who has become a Celtic, regardless of what uniform he wears, will always be a Celtic. Kendrick Perkins will always be a Celtic.
It’s difficult to pinpoint just exactly when any given player becomes a Celtic. It is possible that Perkins earned his Green Badge of Honor securing a particularly important rebound, or executing a timely blocked shot, or fouling Kobe Bryant. (that would be my choice) Or Maybe Kendrick Perkins became a Celtic over a period of time where he repeatedly wore a scowl that let the opposition understand. You might be better than me, but you don’t care more than me, and you’re not getting to this basket.
So keep this in mind, Miami. There’s still one Celtic you haven’t made it through yet, and he brings with him the ferocity and determination of all the other Celtics who helped make him what he is. Don’t think your drives to the bucket will be as easy as they were in the Eastern Conference Finals. Don’t think you’ll see as many second chance shots. Don’t think that going to the free throw line won’t come at a heftier price.
You won’t find South Beach in the paint this series. You’ll only find the Thunder and their center, who will always be a Celtic.
Go get ‘em, Perk.