What's gotten into Kendrick Perkins lately? Take a look at his monthly averages this season.
- Nov: 7.9 pts, 5.0 reb, 1.6 blk
- Dec: 6.2 pts, 6.2 reb, 0.8 blk
- Jan: 7.9 pts, 5.7 reb, 1.3 blk
- Feb: 6.8 pts, 5.3 reb, 1.7 blk
- Mar: 11.0 pts, 12.8 reb, 3.6 blk
I only point out the month by month totals to show that he's been pretty consistent all year. He hasn't been up and down, he's just been (statistically) average. Now all of a sudden he's getting numbers where he didn't before. What gives? Is it really the signing of PJ Brown motivating (or mentoring) him?
I suppose one explanation is that his minutes are up a little bit (29 min in Mar), but the minutes are likely up due to his play, not the other way around.
Regardless, lets figure out what he's eating for breakfast, and keep feeding it to him. I love to see Perkins doing well. I could care less what he scores (though I do think the points come when he's in the right position and moving well without the ball), but if we can get consistent rebounding from him that would be a huge addition to his already solid defense.
There's no doubt the presence of veteran pickup P.J. Brown helped to motivate Perkins a little, but it's not the sole reason Perk has "perked" up. With Garnett finally rounding back into form following a nine-game layoff with a strained abdominal muscle, and Rondo upping his game in conjunction with the addition of Sam Cassell, Perkins is once again the forgotten man of the Celtics' starting five — a role that allows him to flourish under the basket. Defensively, with KG back alongside him in the post, Perkins no longer needs to shoulder the load in the paint and is most effective when playing as part of the Celtics' help defense.