Weekly Mailbag: Who Is the Most Underrated Boston Celtic?
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Who is the most underrated Celtic? - Massfan
Celticsfanatic: No doubt that the most underrated player on the Celtics at this point in time is Kendrick Perkins. Perkins, who may not be the most "flashy" player on the Celtics, is certainly a productive force in the starting lineup.
Rob Fitz wrote an article putting it best: "Simply put, Perk is playing his role and playing it well. He'll likely never be a star in this league, but I'll take a quality big man like him any day."
As I've said many times before, Perkins is an old-fashioned-type center. Although it may be not pretty to watch for some people most of the time, Perkins nevertheless plays defense, has a new set of offensive post moves, and is one of the best shot-blockers on the C's.
Glen Davis recently had a 20-plus-point game against the Grizzles. Do you see this being a regular thing in the near future? - Anonymous
CF: Davis is quite the specimen. He has a big body, unbelievable quickness, excellent athleticism, and undeniable emotion. He can definitely score, as you saw in the game against the Grizzlies, but one thing that goes unnoticed is Davis' spectacular defense.
He can guard bigger, more lengthy forwards/centers because of his large shoulders and wide base, but he also has the quickness to guard the bigger small forwards. I think Davis will be a big factor in tonight's game against the Magic.
Do you think the Cavs need homecourt advantage to win the championship? - John
CF: It certainly would be an advantage for them to have homecourt, but it wouldn't be a necessity. The Cavs have a 25-12 road record so far this season, and knowing LeBron James can take over any time, it's a big advantage.
However, they have habit of being a bit overconfident going to play lesser teams and coming out rather sluggish. But again, with LeBron, the fourth quarter ends up being all their's. You saw that in the Clippers' game not long ago, and you also so that recently against the Nets.
To put it simply: it happens a lot. When you're on the road in the playoffs, whether you're playing the eighth seed or the winner of the Western Conference, you have to come out with a sense of urgency and aggression, especially on the road. If the Cavs don't get that in their heads soon, there's going to be a long, hard task ahead of them.
It seems the Celtics dealt with injuries well, considering the amount they had. Now with KG, Rondo, and Davis back hopefully for good, can the Celtics return as an elite team once again? - Doug
CF: It couldn't have been better timing for those three to return. Now, with a mostly healthy team, the Cetlics hope to build some momentum heading into the playoffs. It just shows how good the Celtics really are. Hanging around .500 with a nine-, 10-man roster is an accomplishment, especially with one of the injured being KG and the other Rajon Rondo.
With their valuable players healthy, as well as a more "in-shape" Stephon Marbury, the Celtics look to hold on to that two seed in the East. I don't see the Magic coming back, especially if the Celtics win the matchup tonight. However, it's unfortunate that their long drought of injuries gave the Cavs such a long time to gain a lead (although it's only four games), that I don't see Boston coming back to regain the No. 1 seed.
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