Talk today is all about the injuries on the team. We seem to have more than our share with all of our big men suffering from something or other. Is it too late to bring back Akin Akingbala? Hopefully our rash of injuries will end soon as Al comes back some time this week and Kandi saying he will be out closer to 2 weeks than 4. This plantar fasciitis thing is rather troublesome because it can cause a player to sit out long periods if it gets too serious. Hopefully Perk and Rondo can control it and it won't cause us major problems but it is a concern, nonetheless. In the meantime, hopefully Powe will get more playing time and cement his place in this rotation at PF behind Gomes and the other bigs should be back soon. Here is what is going on around the Celtics Nation today:
The Herald Notebook addresses Perk's plantar fasciitis and his willingness to play through the pain. I just love this kid. I still believe that it is Perk who is responsible for the last 3 wins. He challenged each of his teammates to make the committment to defense and then set the example himself. This has made a huge difference in this team. Hopefully, Perk's plantar fasciitis will heal quickly and won't cause him to sit out any long periods because we need him out there.
The Daily News Tribune also reports on the rash of injuries that have been bugging the Celtics. In spite of sitting out practice yesterday, Perk is planning to practice today and play tomorrow. Jefferson is waiting on word from the doctors to be cleared to play but he feels that he is ready.
The Globe Notebook also addresses the injury situation and adds Delonte to the list of players willing to play through pain. I remember last season when they had to hide his jersey to keep him from playing. Playing through pain is one thing but they have to use some wisdom to know when playing could cause more harm from an injury.
The Association saw the Celtics/Knicks game as a rivalry for the Worst Coach in the NBA. For now, Isaiah is the front runner. I am sure Doc will give him a run for his money at some time this season.
Celtics 17 discusses Perk and his steady improvement along with other pieces of the Celtics puzzle. We have seen Perk improve every game out and I expect this trend to continue. He is just going to keep getting better and better.
Red's Army offers the opinion that Danny should use Al as trade bait. I am not so sure. Good big men are much harder to come by than wings. I just don't see giving up one of our bigs who shows so much promise. He may end up being much better than the big we trade him for. The only exception may be Kevin Garnett although Garnett is on the tail end of his career and Al is just starting his. I like keeping our kids, even though it may mean a year or two more before we can dominate.
Full Court Press has a good piece with some positives on thist team that gives this team a taste of respectability.
Thanks to Jeff on Celtics Blog for pointing out this post on RealGM that has the stats for all of the players that the Celtics could have drafted when they opted for Telfair and Rondo. It is nice to see that the Telfair and Rondo are holding their own against the might have beens.