Kendrick Perkins said he wasn't looking forward to his return to the Garden to play the Celtics. Perkins doesn't have animosity toward the team and in fact still talks with many of the players and coach Doc Rivers regularly.
"In a way I’ve been dreading it," Perkins said after Oklahoma City went through shootaround Monday. "After I got traded for some reason it wasn’t like I had bad thoughts for them. I didn’t want them to struggle. I was still cheering them on, watching them on TV. If they did something good I was texting all the guys and if they did something bad I was texting them like, 'What are y’all doing?' I was still pulling for them and I found that strange. It’s just the love that I have for the whole organization, I’m talking from the training staff on down."
His new teammates have been giving him a hard time about calling out screens for Rajon Rondo or setting them for Ray Allen, but Perkins thinks he can put all that aside when the game starts.
"You can’t break up that bond," Perkins said. "Once that’s all over and the jump ball starts I’ll put the scowl back on because I know KG is going to have his on, so I have to got have mine on."
Perkins also said that he thinks the Celtics will eventually hit their stride and be trouble in the playoffs.
"They’re going to be good," he said. "They’re going to make the playoffs and whatever team they got to face I feel sorry for that team because you’ll see it. I think they’ll hit their stride by late February into April. You’ll see them run off about 10, 11 games in a row and sneak into the seventh, sixth spot and make some noise in the playoffs. That’s what I believe."
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