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Perkins' offense lost in shuffle

6/10/2010

Kendrick Perkins was never a huge part of the Celtics' offense, but over the last couple of months it seems he's not even an option. ESPN Boston's Peter May examines his lack of scoring punch:

It's not as if they look to him for points. Kendrick Perkins is many things to the Boston Celtics: enforcer, post defender, shot-blocker, rebounder.

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Kendrick Perkins' offensive numbers has been down considerably the last couple of months.But scorer?

As it happens, there was a time, and it wasn't very long ago, when Perkins was a legitimate outlet in the post. His teammates would get him the ball, and he would do something with it other than turn it over or get swamped by defenders. It's just that seeing him morph into Chris Dudley these past couple of months makes those days seem like a distant memory. But those days are not so far removed from the NBA Finals.

Consider:

Perkins in November: 11.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 63.3% shooting, 27.6 mpg

Perkins in December: 12.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 67.3% shooting, 28.6 mpg

Perkins in January: 11.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 58.8% shooting, 31.9 mpg

And …

Perkins in the playoffs: 6.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 50% shooting 25.6 mpg

Perkins in the NBA Finals: 8.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 53.8 % shooting, 26 mpg

"He was far more effective early in the year," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday.

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