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ko8e24
06-16-2010, 02:57 PM
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http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=5290682




LOS ANGELES -- The Boston Celtics might go to Game 7 without center Kendrick Perkins.

He landed awkwardly trying to haul in an offensive rebound midway through the first quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night and suffered a right knee sprain.

Perkins was hopeful, saying: "I'm going to try to give it a go [on Thursday]." But a team source told ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan: "He's done."

Perkins underwent X-rays during the Lakers' 89-67 win that tied the series at 3. He suffered sprains to both his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher. The team said that Perkins will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, which likely means an MRI to ascertain the extent of the damage.

Boston players also didn't sound very optimistic, bracing for Game 7 without Perkins. But they refused to use his potential absence as an excuse for not closing out this series.


"Perk brings rebounding and defense to the game, and toughness," said Celtics captain Paul Pierce. "We lose that, but that's not an excuse. We're a mentally tough team. We've had injuries all year that we've dealt with. We know how to win when guys go down, so that's no excuse for us."


Added point guard Rajon Rondo: "That's why we have a lot of guys throughout the roster. We have Big Baby [Glen Davis] and Rasheed [Wallace]. Other guys have to step up. We've had injuries before all season and guys have stepped up. I'm sure they'll be up for the challenge and ready to play."


Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't disclose the severity of the injury or what he had been told, but didn't sound optimistic, either.


"I don't know," said Rivers. "It doesn't look great, but I don't know."


Perkins spilled hard to the floor after being sandwiched between Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant as the trio battled for a loose rebound under the Boston basket with 5 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the first frame. Bynum got tagged with a foul for coming in over the top, and his momentum carried Perkins into Bryant.


Dr. Brian McKeon, the team's physician, attended to Perkins during a timeout on the floor and Perkins hobbled off using Brian Scalabrine, Davis, and Shelden Williams as crutches. He went straight to the locker room for further examination.


Wallace took Perkins' place in the lineup. Perkins played the first 6:30, missing the only shot he took.


The Celtics are trying to wrap up their 18th championship, but will have to win Game 7 on Thursday to do so.


Bynum, who has been battling his own knee injury, went to the locker room early in the third quarter.


"[Bynum] wasn't able to move very fluidly the second half," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "He had some tightness in the back of his leg. He just said, 'You've got to take me out. I can't run.' And it was obvious at that point that he couldn't. He had some swelling in the back of his leg, and we'll have to work on that and see if they can't ice it down and control that."

And Perkins wasn't the only Celtic to get banged up. Guard Rajon Rondo needed four stitches in his chin after taking a Ron Artest, ESPN's Rachel Nichols reported.

iggypop123
06-16-2010, 02:58 PM
yahoo sports had sources saying the same thing

GSW Hoops
06-16-2010, 03:00 PM
That really hurts Boston's chances. They got killed on the boards after Perkins went down.

Tony_Starks
06-16-2010, 03:01 PM
Him not playing is actually worse for the Lakers. Rasheed is a million times better than Perkins and can step back and knock down the 3. Perk has pretty much been a non factor so far.

ko8e24
06-16-2010, 03:07 PM
Him not playing is actually worse for the Lakers. Rasheed is a million times better than Perkins and can step back and knock down the 3. Perk has pretty much been a non factor so far.

Actually, with Rasheed in their, it hurts Boston more. Boston's has a certain offensive system flow where their big 3 guys like Pierce, Allen and KG have to get their shots in for the rhythm of the flow of the offensive attack by the Celtics, with Rondo running the show and getting put backs and chippy points. The fact that Rasheed is WAY MORE offensive minded than Perk, well, Sheed being more on the floor means more offensive opportunities, and more shot attempts, which will be taking away some of the offensive attempts by the big 3. Same with Big Baby, he'll have some jump shots and whatnot on the offensive end which may take away some shots away from the big 3 because he'll be getting more minutes, thus, more offensive opportunities.


The thing with Perk is that he'll attempt 2, maybe 3 shots in a game (and that's a stretch), but his main thing is to play defense, push the post player as far away from the basket as possible, bruise and beat you up, a good help defender because he's so bulky and can cover a wide space in the paint, etc. Sheed is a terrific post defender, but the Celtics defenisve anchor and identity comes from both KG's length and lateral movement on defense and Perk's bulkiness and physicality. Sheed and Big Baby don't have that type of impact on the defensive end that Perk does.

JordansBulls
06-16-2010, 03:11 PM
Not sure what to think. This gives Boston more offense for sure with Rasheed. As long as he isn't in foul trouble and can actually score this may help the Celtics.

Tony_Starks
06-16-2010, 03:14 PM
Also the fact that Bynum will be very limited if he even plays makes the Perkins injury a wash IMO...

kblo247
06-16-2010, 03:14 PM
Him not playing is actually worse for the Lakers. Rasheed is a million times better than Perkins and can step back and knock down the 3. Perk has pretty much been a non factor so far.

I humbly disagree with you. That is like a Boston fan saying Fisher hasn't been much of a factor even though he is holding Allen to 30% from 3 and under 40% from the field.

Perk is what turned this series around for Boston. He took the Pau assignment from game 3 on and basically has gave Pau hell on the block. He also makes it hard for Odom to rebound off the defensive glass when he and Pau are in by blocking him out.

His impact goes well beyond what any box score will ever say.

kblo247
06-16-2010, 03:15 PM
Not sure what to think. This gives Boston more offense for sure with Rasheed. As long as he isn't in foul trouble and can actually score this may help the Celtics.

Do you think it makes it easier for LO to play more minutes in the game?

ko8e24
06-16-2010, 03:18 PM
Do you think it makes it easier for LO to play more minutes in the game?

Well, the thing with LO, since now you don't have a bulky guy like Perk covering up so much wide space in the paint, now you can have LO drive more to the basket and get rebounds and put backs and whatnot. The Perk injury allows Bynum to get easier rebounds, for Pau to post up closer to the basket, and for LO to show his overall versatility with driving to the basket and getting double digit rebounds coming off the bench. I expect LO to have an even better game 2maro night to help us in winning the championship.

RadiantShot
06-16-2010, 03:19 PM
Still a chance for Boston to pull this out, but...It's going to be the toughest game Boston's ever played. Ever.

JordansBulls
06-16-2010, 03:22 PM
Still a chance for Boston to pull this out, but...It's going to be the toughest game Boston's ever played. Ever.

Totally agree. This would be 3x harder than that game 7 they played against Cleveland in 2008 when the C's barely won.

This game IMO will be like LA vs Port 2000. Scoring in the 80's and going down to the last 2 minutes.

JordansBulls
06-16-2010, 03:23 PM
Do you think it makes it easier for LO to play more minutes in the game?

Most definitely, because I'm sure Bynum will not play as much.

Klivlend
06-16-2010, 03:23 PM
This is a HUGE hit to the Celtics. If the Lakers weren't already the favorite to win Thursday, they certainly are now. I'd be interested to see how much the odds in Vegas changed after Perkins went down.

kozelkid
06-16-2010, 03:23 PM
Him not playing is actually worse for the Lakers. Rasheed is a million times better than Perkins and can step back and knock down the 3. Perk has pretty much been a non factor so far.

That's ridiculous. Perkins is probably one of the best bigs at neutralizing an opposing big. And as others mentioned, without Perkins, Celtics are horrific at rebounding.
This absolutely kills them in the defensive end, Sheed isn't the same player he once was. Offensively, he is also very inconsistent. He can very well be in his flow and make a few 3's which obviously would help Boston, but he can very well take the Celtics out of their offensive flow and ultimately screw them.
Regardless, I think Big Baby starts.
Looks like Bos will get killed on the boards though seeing as neither Sheed or Big Baby are good rebounders.

kblo247
06-16-2010, 03:24 PM
Still a chance for Boston to pull this out, but...It's going to be the toughest game Boston's ever played. Ever.

I just hope LA stays calm (the city) to not take away from the greatness of what should be this game.

Lakersfan2483
06-16-2010, 03:25 PM
I humbly disagree with you. That is like a Boston fan saying Fisher hasn't been much of a factor even though he is holding Allen to 30% from 3 and under 40% from the field.

Perk is what turned this series around for Boston. He took the Pau assignment from game 3 on and basically has gave Pau hell on the block. He also makes it hard for Odom to rebound off the defensive glass when he and Pau are in by blocking him out.

His impact goes well beyond what any box score will ever say.

Well said and Boston's overall team loses a lot with Perk out of the lineup. He's a huge piece on their team. He's their anchor on defense and allows them to matchup with the size of the Lakers frontcourt. His impact goes beyond numbers.

Eagles4Lyfe
06-16-2010, 03:27 PM
tommorows going to be a hell of a matchup either way but one of the story lines is gone because bostons streak of never losing with that starting 5 in any playoff series could have came to an end but now that cant happen:(

sugarrayray
06-16-2010, 03:39 PM
I think this actually may help the Celtics. Perkins is a complete offensive liability. He might be the single worst finisher around the immediate basket area in the entire league. He is extremely turnover prone, and makes countless mistakes resulting in horrible fouls committed during very crucial moments of the game.

He is also one of the worst rebounders for his size in the league. For the amount of time he plays, along with his body size, the amount of rebounds he picks up are astoundingly terrible. When he does get the ball he is a huge ball hog, always and only looking for his own shot, even when he's double teamed around the basket after getting a rare offensive rebound.

The Celtics love him, Doc Rivers loves him, Boston fans love him, but the reality is this guys been in the league for a while now and still makes rookie mistakes every single game. He is an average player on a good team, and no doubt helped them get where they are. But by no means is this a BIG loss.

Maybe Rasheed Wallace can get himself to care about the game for just this one time this season. If there is a game where he starts trying, its going to be this one.

kblo247
06-16-2010, 03:44 PM
I think this actually may help the Celtics. Perkins is a complete offensive liability. He might be the single worst finisher around the immediate basket area in the entire league. He is extremely turnover prone, and makes countless mistakes resulting in horrible fouls committed during very crucial moments of the game.

He is also one of the worst rebounders for his size in the league. For the amount of time he plays, along with his body size, the amount of rebounds he picks up are astoundingly terrible. When he does get the ball he is a huge ball hog, always and only looking for his own shot, even when he's double teamed around the basket after getting a rare offensive rebound.

The Celtics love him, Doc Rivers loves him, Boston fans love him, but the reality is this guys been in the league for a while now and still makes rookie mistakes every single game. He is an average player on a good team, and no doubt helped them get where they are. But by no means is this a BIG loss.

Maybe Rasheed Wallace can get himself to care about the game for just this one time this season. If there is a game where he starts trying, its going to be this one.

He keeps LA's best defensive rebounder off the glass and is one of the best 1 on 1 post defenders in the league though. I think not having him hurts more especially since Sheed can be allergic to rebounding himself at times when he decides to camp at the 3pt line.

LakersWinAgain
06-16-2010, 03:47 PM
I think this actually may help the Celtics. Perkins is a complete offensive liability. He might be the single worst finisher around the immediate basket area in the entire league. He is extremely turnover prone, and makes countless mistakes resulting in horrible fouls committed during very crucial moments of the game.

He is also one of the worst rebounders for his size in the league. For the amount of time he plays, along with his body size, the amount of rebounds he picks up are astoundingly terrible. When he does get the ball he is a huge ball hog, always and only looking for his own shot, even when he's double teamed around the basket after getting a rare offensive rebound.

The Celtics love him, Doc Rivers loves him, Boston fans love him, but the reality is this guys been in the league for a while now and still makes rookie mistakes every single game. He is an average player on a good team, and no doubt helped them get where they are. But by no means is this a BIG loss.

Maybe Rasheed Wallace can get himself to care about the game for just this one time this season. If there is a game where he starts trying, its going to be this one.

Offensive liability? Boston's success has come from isolating one player and feeding that player the ball. They don't need another offensive presence out there. Perkins was the heft behind Boston's physical play (his tactics are questionable), without him, the Lakers will score at will. You think Game 6 was a blowout. Watch the Lakers EMBARRASS the Celtics in GAME 7.

SNYmets86
06-16-2010, 03:47 PM
Him not playing is actually worse for the Lakers. Rasheed is a million times better than Perkins and can step back and knock down the 3. Perk has pretty much been a non factor so far.

you gotta be outta yo mind ...

Lakersho
06-16-2010, 03:48 PM
I think this actually may help the Celtics. Perkins is a complete offensive liability. He might be the single worst finisher around the immediate basket area in the entire league. He is extremely turnover prone, and makes countless mistakes resulting in horrible fouls committed during very crucial moments of the game.

He is also one of the worst rebounders for his size in the league. For the amount of time he plays, along with his body size, the amount of rebounds he picks up are astoundingly terrible. When he does get the ball he is a huge ball hog, always and only looking for his own shot, even when he's double teamed around the basket after getting a rare offensive rebound.

The Celtics love him, Doc Rivers loves him, Boston fans love him, but the reality is this guys been in the league for a while now and still makes rookie mistakes every single game. He is an average player on a good team, and no doubt helped them get where they are. But by no means is this a BIG loss.

Maybe Rasheed Wallace can get himself to care about the game for just this one time this season. If there is a game where he starts trying, its going to be this one.

no dude you're wrong perk can handle any big def. one on one, thats not a easy task, that is worth 10 to 12 points right there without him scoring. i hate the c's but i gotta say he's a stud def. and is what anchores thier def. big loss...

leftymo
06-16-2010, 03:53 PM
Him not playing is actually worse for the Lakers. Rasheed is a million times better than Perkins and can step back and knock down the 3. Perk has pretty much been a non factor so far.


Are you sure? Rasheed is 35 not 29, he's got back spasms, and Lamar can guard 3 point chucking big men... Rasheed gets to guard Pau or Bynum down low. I'll take an aging sheed in game 7 forced to play 35+ minutes anyday of the week!

Boston can no longer push our bigs out of the paint.

Supa
06-16-2010, 04:01 PM
It's an unfortunate event for Celtics, but Lakers should just prepare normally as if Perkins would play, esp after Pierce's wheelchair drama from last time.

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KB24PG16
06-16-2010, 04:23 PM
torn mcl and pcl is what i saw on nba tv

jdmd3
06-16-2010, 04:29 PM
I think this actually may help the Celtics. Perkins is a complete offensive liability. He might be the single worst finisher around the immediate basket area in the entire league. He is extremely turnover prone, and makes countless mistakes resulting in horrible fouls committed during very crucial moments of the game.

He is also one of the worst rebounders for his size in the league. For the amount of time he plays, along with his body size, the amount of rebounds he picks up are astoundingly terrible. When he does get the ball he is a huge ball hog, always and only looking for his own shot, even when he's double teamed around the basket after getting a rare offensive rebound.

The Celtics love him, Doc Rivers loves him, Boston fans love him, but the reality is this guys been in the league for a while now and still makes rookie mistakes every single game. He is an average player on a good team, and no doubt helped them get where they are. But by no means is this a BIG loss.

Maybe Rasheed Wallace can get himself to care about the game for just this one time this season. If there is a game where he starts trying, its going to be this one.

This hurts the Celtics without a doubt. Perk is arguably the best one-on-one post defender in the league and is Boston's best rebounder. His size & length makes it more difficult for the Laker bigs to operate & rebound. He always plays a physical game & puts great effort whenever he's on the court.

albertc86
06-16-2010, 04:31 PM
Rasheed can knock down the three but Perkins' presence is more significant than Rasheed's. Not to mention, Perkins is a great defender.

still1ballin
06-16-2010, 04:37 PM
Sucks for them

Now Boston fans for one game what feel what its like not having one of your big pieces not being able to play.

showtym24
06-16-2010, 04:57 PM
That's ridiculous. Perkins is probably one of the best bigs at neutralizing an opposing big. And as others mentioned, without Perkins, Celtics are horrific at rebounding.
This absolutely kills them in the defensive end, Sheed isn't the same player he once was. Offensively, he is also very inconsistent. He can very well be in his flow and make a few 3's which obviously would help Boston, but he can very well take the Celtics out of their offensive flow and ultimately screw them.
Regardless, I think Big Baby starts.
Looks like Bos will get killed on the boards though seeing as neither Sheed or Big Baby are good rebounders.

Yep, just ask dwight howard. People saying this is not a blow too the c's are either lying to them selves or stupid. He's their leading rebounder in this series, and IMO best post defender.