He knows what it's like to be that angry young man, getting yanked from the game for what? Trying to help? Trying to win a ballgame?

He was 23 and in his fourth NBA season, playing for a championship and occasionally still feeling angry, misunderstood and uncertain about what his coach needed from him.

You think Scott Brooks had a problem on his hands in Game 3? Imagine how Doc Rivers must have felt when a less mature, more emotional Kendrick Perkins didn't appreciate being benched.

"I was once a young guy that went to the end of the bench pouting the same way," Perk said Monday, recalling his Boston Celtics days, "not knowing that what we're trying to accomplish is bigger than any one guy."