Even with Kendrick Perkins back from injury and ready to help bring Banner 18 to Boston, the Celtics appear ready to push it down the stretch and roar into the playoffs. They are finally looking healthy, and continue to hold the best record in the record in the East. With Perk back as a valuable weapon, all is well at the Garden, right?
Sure, for now. But the Celtics now have a new issue on their hands. No, not injury. No, not a chemistry problem either. And no, no one is getting suspended for taking supplements that they allegedly didn't know were on the banned substances list. The Celtics are now facing a far more nuanced and vitally important issue of strategy.
Who will get more minutes come playoff time? Perkins? Or Shaq?
In the wake of Jermaine O'Neal's cocktail of injuries, Shaq stepped up his game and assumed a starting role. At 38 years old and in the twilight of his career, this seemed like a tall order. But the Big Shamrock found a way. Shaq has shown that he still has some game left, and contributed a great deal to this team up to now.
So now, the Celtics must decide how they are to go about balancing Perkins and Shaq in the playoffs. Here's a look at the reasons each should get more time down the stretch.