JE Skeets of Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports posted this to Twitter yesterday and I meant to post it here yesterday but life got in the way of Celtics blogging. This is great! Celtics fans don't need any reminder that KG is back because they have been following every limp, every jump, and every alley oop since he first took the floor in training camp. This is for anyone who may still be wondering.
And in case you missed his Alley Oops in the Raptors game on Wednesday, here is another look at it to savor until they play the Raptors again on Sunday.
And while we are looking at video, in case you missed the NBA team preview of the Celtics or, like me, didn't feel like sitting through the other 29 teams to catch the Celtics preview, here it is. Andre Aldridge, Brent Barry and Eric Snow discuss the Celtics. One thing they mention that is going to be a big factor this season is KG's hunger. He never had to sit out any periods of time in his career until last season. And now coming back, he is hungry and he is more intense than ever, if that is possible. He wants to play and he wants to win. Eric Snow picks the Celtics to win it all this season (smart man). Brent Barry feels they can win the East, but with his West Coast bias, doesn't feel that the Celtics can win the title.
Maybe the Celtics should wear gas masks when they play the Cavs on Wednesday. The Cavs players are dropping like flies with the flu. We don't need any of that stuff here. You would think these guys would get flu shots. With their livelihood so dependent on their health, a flu shot seems like a simple way to avoid a week on the inactive list.
Just a couple player notes. Lester Hudson has been impressive. He isn't the usual rookie. He is more mature and is proving that he can run the team Whether Doc breaks his precedent of not playing rookies remains to be seen. I think our strongest second unit would have Hudson at the point which would allow Daniels to play the 3 and Eddie the 2. There was one play in the Raptors game that shows what he is capable of. He hit Marquis Daniels in stride with a perfect bounce pass. Daniels missed the layup, but Hudson flew in from nowhere to tip in the miss.
I like what I am seeing from JR Giddens also. He has been concentrating on defense and rebounding which shows a certain maturity on his part, realizing that putting up shots won't win him playing time. He can hit his shots though when they are available. I still like Bill Walker a lot, but his unfortunate injury is giving Giddens a chance to move ahead of him in the rotation.
Big Baby has been playing well so far this preseason. He is showing that he can make a difference in whatever minutes he is given. He is playing around the basket more and is fighting hard for rebounds and playing tough defense in the paint. Here is his huge block vs the Raptors from Wednesday, that happened to be the Block of the Night on NBA.com.
And, it wouldn't be a post from me without mentioning Perk. I just love what I am seeing from him so far this season. As he has done every season he has been in the league, he has improved his game over the offseason. I am loving all the articles that are popping up about how important Perk is to the team. I couldn't be happier. And to all who called me crazy back in 2003-04 when I said that Perk was going to be a top 10 center, I told you so.