The Boston Celtics have done it again, they have defied the odds and proven everyone wrong during these NBA playoffs as they have taken down arguably the two best teams in the Eastern Conference in the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers in convincing fashion.
Not only have the Boston Celtics surprised everyone with their second NBA Finals appearance in three years, but they have also done it with the same kind of lockdown defense that they put on display against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals in 2008. Now they will have a shot at beating their hated archrivals once again on the biggest stage.
Although the Celtics will come into the NBA Finals with a lot of confidence and momentum, they do have some problems that need to be addressed.
The first problem the Celtics will have against the defending champs is the fact that they will be limping into this series with a banged up Rasheed Wallace and All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. Even though they might be able to manage with the veteran forward, without Rondo in the backcourt they might not stand a chance against Kobe Bryant and company.
The second problem the Celtics have on the horizon is the fact that one of their best defensive players is on the verge of an NBA suspension. Not because he got in trouble off the court or was involved in an altercation of any kind, but because he is one technical away from getting a required suspension from the league.
Kendrick Perkins might not be the prettiest player or the most dominant, but he is vital to the Boston Celtics success on the defensive end of the floor and can contribute with his offense as well.
Without Perkins in the lineup, the Celtics will have to depend solely on Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Big Baby isn’t a bad section option in the paint, especially with his inspired performances throughout these playoffs, but he is not the defender Perkins is and will be something that the Lakers might look to take advantage of is Perkins gets one more technical and is force to miss a game in the NBA Finals.
During the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic, Perkins did a good job to close out the series without getting his temper get the best of him. As a result, the Celtics center was able to avoid getting that dreaded final technical foul.
Much like Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and teammate Rasheed Wallace, Kendrick Perkins is amongst the league leaders in technical fouls and has a lot of trouble controlling his temper and if he isn’t careful, he could let the Lakers get the best of him and ultimately give the Lakers a clear advantage in the paint.
Personally, I can’t see Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers letting Kendrick Perkins get out of control, but with a rivalry like the Lakers and the Celtics have, some of these games could get out of hand very quickly and Perkins could very well be right in the middle of it.