The game against the Cavaliers the other night held no real significance with respect to the overall success of this Celtics team. It did, however, provide some interesting tidbits worthy of preservation through photo/video capture. The following are those tidbits:
The Celtics man-in-the-middle returned last night to a huge standing ovation. Kendrick Perkins as a player has taken on a life of its own. I could not believe how giddy I got seeing him enter the game. He looked good but more importantly he looked fluid. When has Perkins ever looked fluid?
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Late in the game Paul Pierce tweaked his ankle and proceeded to do a little robot walk up the court. If some one could make a .gif of these two pictures and call it “Paul Pierce Robot” I would put it in every post.
Do NBA referee’s read blogs? Somewhere along the line they decided to swallow their whistles when Paul Pierce drives to the hole. Maybe they were sick of his flopping. Even so, any other person in the league gets this amount of body contact and arm contact (watch the replay) they get that call. With the no-call in the Celtics’ pocket, Rajon Rondo decided to do something about it: ridiculously flop in such a way the referee was forced to make a call. The Celtics incurred a no-call and then has a bad call go in their favor. Can’t we just get it right the first time?
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Semih Erden has grown up right before our eyes. In Summer League, there is no way he makes this play. Maybe in the FIBA tournament. In any case as Ryan pointed out yesterday, Erden has turned into a serviceable NBA player. And the Celtics are reaping all the benefits.