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Kendrick Perkins out for Game 7

Jun 16, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Perkins_hurt.jpgTragic news for the Celtics and their fans — Kendrick Perkins is out for Game 7.

He arrived at Staples Center today with his teammates, walking on crutches and with a heavy brace on the knee. Looking very down, he said he suffered a torn MCL and a partially torn PCL in his knee. An MRI will be done to confirm this diagnosis.

He added if this had happened in December he would have been done for the season.

Unfortunately, it happened instead at the worst possible time, both to him and Boston. The basketball gods can be cruel that way.

Doc Rivers admitted after Game 6 that not having Perkins makes it harder to match up with the long Lakers front line. More importantly, Perkins is a key contributor to the energy and physicality the Celtics bring on defense.

“He’s one of our guys that I think gives us great spirit, gives us a lot of toughness and gives us size,” Rivers said.

His being out will mean more minutes for Rasheed Wallace and Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Based on their performance these finals, expect Davis to get the start but Sheed to get serious minutes.

To a man, Celtics players are saying they just have to step up. Kevin Garnett said he may spend some time at the 5, and he is fine with that.

“Other than playing point guard, it’s very rare that I’m uncomfortable out there,” Garnett said.

Ray Allen was on that same track last night (about stepping up, not KG at the point).

“We have to push forward, and there are guys that are on the bench that can step up and make the plays that Perk is capable… or that perk has made over the course of our time here,” Allen said. “So you know, it does make Glen more valuable and Rasheed will play more minutes and definitely Sheldon (Williams) will be in there a lot more. We’re going to be counting on them.” 

  1. nresq - Jun 16, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Uh, last I checked it was under 5 hours cross country by air. With the charter flights in the NBA, and couches for chairs, this is probably the lamest excuse we’ll hear from Beantown.

  2. Phil Jackson - Jun 16, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Poor baby. You must have missed the Boston posts that were arrogant and malevolent you hypocritical a-hole! Just about as appalling as Boston’s play last night! We’re here for Game 7…bring it on!

  3. tejano2k - Jun 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Read any Boston rags lately? It’s not being “arroganct, malevolent and hypocritical a-holes”. It’s all about PRIDE in being a Lakers fan. We EXPECT the Lakers to be in the Championship Round EVERY year. Call it CONFIDENCE. That’s something Celtic fans seem to be lacking right about now. Go back to Sunday (and Monday) and all we heard was how great the Celtics are, how great Rondo is, how KG is rejuvenated, how Big Baby imposed his will, Boston will win Game 6 and celebrate at Staples and on and on. I wouldn’t break out the champagne and confetti just yet, Bean Towners. Kobe and Company might have something to say about that. GO LAKERS!

  4. LA in 7 - Jun 16, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Sorry to see that Perkins can’t go. Like to see Boston at full strength when LA beats them. With Bynum also injured, its almost a wash. Would have loved to see Game 7 with both teams having all their starters healthy.

  5. B-Ball - Jun 16, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    That’s it?!?!?!?! Its all up to a guy named “Big Baby”? That’s your plan for beating the Lakers in Game 7? You Boston fans hated this guy’s guts during the season, and now he’s your saviour? Yikes!

  6. bbbbbill - Jun 16, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    And Pierce is a dirty effer…did you see in Game 6 when he was lying on the court and he stuck out his leg and tripped Gasol on purpose!? What kind of grade-school crap is that!? Gasol could easily have been injured. Not cool.

  7. Victor Riley - Jun 16, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    The series has been enteraining and it down to a 7 game, but as much as I want Boston the home court advanatage might be hard to overcome. If the shots fall they will win easily, however if they struggle to hit shots it will be a long night. Lakers did play very good in game 6, however Boston played poor and then can play much better. I do think the Lakers can play better than game 6 and if Boston plays their game the Lakers will lose even if Laker have a repeat of game 6 and I sure they will not play that well back to back games.

  8. steve - Jun 17, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Great series between two teams with a lot of heart. I too am sorry Perkins is hurt as I would have loved to see the lakers slaughter them at full strength. That being said, Bynum, has been very limited in his effectiveness, so, perhaps injuries are a part of the game. Play on. Game 7 is going to be great. With or without Perkins, I think the Lakers had this one sowed up after Game 6.

  9. Bill - Jun 17, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Lakers fans act as if this has been a cake walk for them. I’d like to remind them that their team has been beaten three times in this series and if you think Team Kobe can’t be beat in game 7, you are deluding yourselves.

  10. knickerbocker - Jun 17, 2010 at 6:28 AM

    Perfect storm…Lakers at home…Kobe the finisher…Perkins out…perfect conditions to qualify Celts victory as a major upset.

  11. The Beev - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Celtics fan..but all I care about is a good game tonight. The last one was a snoozer.

  12. Stryker - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    In the same token that Boston also lost three times and we have homecourt advantage. That being said, I like our chances better than the Celtics. Game 6 has shown that the Lakers CAN play defense. In fact, the Celtics output in that game was the second lowest ever in an NBA Finals — just next to the Jazz’s 58 against the Bulls. As for Perk, I hate to see the guy not play. It would have been sweeter of beating the Celtics when they are in full strength while the Lakers were still plagued with injuries.

  13. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    First of all, it’s a 5 hours flight, obviously you don’t travel much. Secondly, it’s not like they’re flying on Delta. Each player has a fully reclining, leather over-sized seat with more leg room than you have in your living room. And they travel for a living, it’s not like this is a hardship for them, they know the routine. There are NO EXCUSES. You’re either the better team, or you’re not. And, at least in Game 6, they clearly weren’t. Period.

  14. Bruce - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Boston = Done

  15. boston blackie - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    What does Big D stand for ? Dumbbell! Dumb as a STUMP!

  16. Baldo - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    It’s pretty much the same thing with the Lakers!!Bynum was not able toplay with full force from the start of the series..his presence would have been made the series over in 6 games for the Lakers id he had been healthy..Perk has come out and play from the start this excuse for the Celtics..

  17. Boston Blackie - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Baldo: Dumb as a bag of Hammers!

  18. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    It is I! I am here to exhort our men of Lakerdom on to victory. Any who doubt the power and majesty of the Lakers are doo doo heads and pooper poos.
    I love Phil Jackson (hopefully, soon, in a personal encounter manner) and I rule the Hobbits.
    Hazzah to the Lakers.
    I shall now lmfao and depart.

  19. Omnius - Jun 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    That’s the way the playoff cookie crumbles! Don’t expect any sympathy from us Laker fans, we had to endure the injury misery in 2008. The Lakers Big Men will outhustle the old Boston Little Big Men who won’t have Perkins to anchor their defense in the paint. Wallace is too old to play major minutes and too emotional to keep from getting himself in foul trouble. Sorry but the Shrek and Donkey show has been cancelled in LA!

  20. Jason - Jun 17, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Regardless of injuries, we aren’t saying the series is over!
    Boston Celtics will prevail tonight, are the LA Lakers fans gonna congratulate us when we do? I highly doubt it, now anyone who knows anything about sports, rival cities always talk trash, thats what makes it fun! So lighten up and enjoy Game 7!
    Kobe will blame his teammates if he loses I agree with that comment, why didn’t he get fined for wiping snot on that reporter in game 3?

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