You should be thinking about Celtics-Bobcats, and how Ray Allen could potentially break the NBA’s three-point shooting record tonight. But before that game comes, read my piece about Celtics-Magic for SLAM.
Whatever happened on Sunday, the Celtics remained undeterred. Orlando started the game with a 12-2 run, so the Celtics buckled down. Marquis Daniels fell motionless to the floor with a bruised spinal cord, but the Celtics only played more fiercely. Howard went bonkers, so Perkins and Glen Davis searched within themselves for an extra gear. Orlando attempted 30 more field goals, but Boston still found ways – specifically, free throws and three-point close-outs (Orlando shot 3-24 from beyond the arc) – to win.
Before the game, Howard half-jokingly told a reporter, “No Kendrick Perkins questions.” He didn’t want to discuss his foe, the player who usually causes him as many problems as any other defender in the League.
When the comment was relayed to Perkins, the Celtics’ anchor chuckled.
“I don’t know, he might be superstitious or something,” Perkins said with a rare smile. “I don’t want no questions about him either.”