A few links and quotes about Kendrick Perkins who was a healthy scratch last night. All after the break:
Marc Spears has the following updates on Perkins and Pollard:
"It's kind of limited at the [center] spot right now," Perkins said. "It's just preseason."
Perkins is averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.7 minutes in three preseason games. The 6-foot-10-inch, 280-pounder said he feels healthy. But his backup, newcomer Scot Pollard, has yet to practice since training camp started because of a left ankle sprain.
The 6-11, 287-pound Pollard is receiving treatment and has been doing some light running on a treadmill lately at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. But it's doubtful he will play in the preseason. Director of operations Danny Ainge, however, said Pollard could practice as early as Thursday and is "hopeful" he will be available for the season-opener Nov. 2 against Washington.
"We need [Pollard] big time," Perkins said. "He's a very important part of our team."
Kendrick Perkins was told to sit out last night’s game - not because of an injury, but simply to give his body a rest - and the Celtics center considered the command an honor.
"I guess this means that now I’m officially a veteran," Perkins said. "I’m a veteran, and I’m only 22."
He’s also a physical player who, with a long season ahead and a reputation for working out as hard as he plays, may truly need to spend a night on the pine.
"Doc said he wants me to rest up because right now I’m the only player he has at the 5 spot," said Perkins, who added that his right foot, which endured a case of plantar fasciitis last season, is fine. . . .
Finally, Newsday (NY media) reports the following (hat tip to BullsBlogger):
A few Knicks suggested that Scalabrine is more effective as a tandem with Garnett than Kendrick Perkins. Scalabrine's ability to hit the deep ball and pull one big out of the paint opens up room for Garnett to work on the post. Though he's listed as a 4, Garnett is really playing center in this lineup. The key for the Knicks is to cause the matchup problem in the paint down at the other end of the floor.