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(NECN) - The Boston Celtics had stayed out of the trash talking with the Atlanta Hawks -- that is, until Atlanta's Mike Bibby called Celtics fans "fair weather" before practice today.
"Coming off a 2-for-10 shooting performance, you expect a guy to say something like that," Perkins said. Then noting that the Celtics/Hawks games in Atlanta have sold out, "I'm glad we could come pack their house for them."
Perkins also praised Kevin Garnett for his win in the balloting for NBA defensive player of the year this season.
"He gives us our whole swagger," Perkins said.
Now about the attendance: A check of the numbers works in Boston's favor, too. The C's sold out every home game this season, an average of 18,624 tickets per game. Last year, when they were 24-58 for the worst record in the Eastern Conference, the team averaged 16,843 per game, about 86 percent of capacity.
The Hawks won 30 games, but averaged only 15,594 - 78 percent of capacity. They improved to 16,280 this year, 86 percent of capacity.
No doubt Bibby will hear all 18,624 Celtics' fan voices at game 2 tomorrow night.