Did Kendrick Perkins just get a whole lot better?
11 points, three rebounds, and three blocks in fifteen first-half minutes.
Shouldn't the Beast be worried that PJ Brown's going to take away his PT? That the Perkinator will no longer play enforcer on the blocks now that Mr. Brown is in town?
You know why?
Remember when the Celtics acquired Bill Walton?
Naysayers said a jealousy would develop between him and the Chief.
Instead, what happened was the Chief came out of the gates firing from both holsters. When asked what was responsible for his great start to the 1985-86 season, Parish said the answer was a "who" not a "what."
It seems with Walton on board, the Chief felt like he could go all out, balls to the walls until he absolutely needed a breather, at which time Number Five would come in, fresh, energetic, and ready to administer further beatings in the paint.
Quite the contrast from when Greg Kite was the backup.
I say it is this type of effort you are now going to see from the Beast, who, no longer concerned that his only viable back-ups are 6-7 or thereabouts, will feel no compunction about exerting his presence down low.
No matter that PJ's not in the line-up. The mere fact that help has arrived is enough.
The first half against the Bobcats was only our first taste.
The Beast has been unleashed.