Sorry ’bout the split screen. Two thing about this play:
1) This is exactly the sort of play that shows the value of the mere threat of Ray Allen’s shooting. Michael Finley is wide open because the Heat shift into an emergency series of rotations that starts when Kendrick Perkins’ man jumps out to contest a possible Ray jumper.
This action is at the heart of Boston’s offense.
2) I’m not sure Perk could have made this pass two seasons ago or even last year. Doc went out of his way to praise Perk for this exact pass, according to ESPNBoston:
“I thought Perk was the best player in the game [Tuesday]. I thought his passes is what got everybody shots. Most of [Glen Davis'] layups came off Perk passes. A couple of Ray’s shots and, again, the biggest play of the game, when [Miami] was up four, and I had gotten on them three or four times about making the next pass, Perkins threw that skip pass to Michael Finley for a 3-pointer. I think he played a great floor game and he was our point-center [Tuesday].”
Good for Perk.