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Kendrick Perkins not happy to see Celtics eliminated

May 13, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

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Kendrick Perkins didn’t want to see his friends on the Boston Celtics eliminated in the second round.

He wanted to do it himself.

Perkins was hoping against hope for a Celtics vs. Thunder finals, but that is not going to happen with the Celtics eliminated (and his Thunder have some work to do still ). Perkins told the Star-Telegram he didn’t expect Boston to be gone this early.

“I am surprised,” Perkins said. “I wasn’t expecting them to go down 4-1. I was expecting at least a seven-game series, or them to win it….”

“I’d be lying to you if I would tell you I was disconnected from them,” he said. “One thing about it is I spent eight years over there.

“The only thing about it is that we knew everything about each other. When the trade happened it definitely was surprising to everybody, but this is a business. But at the same time I was wishing the best for those guys, wishing that we both could probably end up in the Finals and meet up for something crazy like that.”

Plenty of Celtics fans are convinced Perkins could have kept the Celtics in it. But unless he suddenly learned to score inside so they could better space out their offense, it wouldn’t have mattered.

  1. andyhr17 - May 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Just going off of looks, has Kendrick Perkins ever been happy about anything? That scowl is a 24/7 thing.

  2. dgforreal - May 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    There ya go.

  3. pl4tinum514 - May 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Count me in as one of the people who think Perk would have extended that series by at least another game if not more. Jermaine O’Neal? C’mon…

  4. zrbk - May 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Perkin at least seemed larger than anyone in the Heat’s roster. As long as he can move around in the paint (better than Shaq), he could have made the change. Nonetheless, it is true that the Celtics didn’t need Perk if Shaq and Jermaine were healthy … so the problem is that Ainge expected too much out of the aging O’Neals.

    • Kansachusetts - May 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      It is also true that the Earth doesn’t wouldn’t need the sun if it had a huge hot magnet there instead, but that ain’t happening either. There was never any way that Shaq would remain healthy, and Jermaine is no longer in the same league. If Ainge had left it alone, with Perkins starting and Shaq, Jermaine, Big Baby, and Semih Erdan filling in as necessary, Boston would have had home court advantage over the Heat, who would be licking their wounds right now.

      The other part of the trade — Jeff Green to replace Marquis Daniels — didn’t work out one bit either.

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