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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Kendrick Perkins is reportedly ruled out

Jun 16, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

Screen shot 2010-06-16 at 9.53.46 AM.pngKendrick Perkins’ status for the series finale is a game-changer, and could quite literally decide the championship. This isn’t to say that the Lakers can’t beat the Celtics while Perkins is in the lineup or that the Celtics can’t win without him, but should Perk be forced to watch from the sidelines, the scale tips L.A.’s way. There would still be 48 minutes between the Lakers and the big prize, but they would hold a definite lineup advantage on their home court to boot.

With that in mind, consider the gravity of ESPN’s report from an unnamed source with the Celtics that Perk will be a no-go on Thursday:

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.”

It’s one report from an anonymous source, but the implications of a missing Perkins are substantial enough to forward it along. Should the source be correct, Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis could not possibly be more important, as their combined ability to fill minutes at center and defend the middle will be crucial. Considering the way Wallace has picked up fouls in this series, relying on him to play major minutes (at STAPLES, mind you) could end poorly.
 

  1. Jeannie - Jun 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    I hope Perkins IS able to play in Game 7 Thursday night, because I wouldn’t want the Celtics “using” Perkins not being able to play as the reason they didn’t win the Championship Game. The Lakers WILL WIN the Championship with or without Perkins playing in Game 7!

  2. jaydee - Jun 16, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Hmmm….do I smell a “Willis Reed” moment like Pierce did a couple of years ago. We’ll see.

  3. Ron - Jun 16, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    They can make all the excuses they want, Lakers never made an excuse about being without Bynum the entire 2008 playoffs.
    You win or lose with what you have.

  4. JP - Jun 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    It will be a level playing field if both Perkins and Bynum are out. Simple as that. I can’t stand people saying that it’s not fair if Perkins is out. Bynum has been at best 30% healthy and is questionable for Thursday.

  5. Get Real... - Jun 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Hey doofus, no one is making excuses. They’re stating facts. And the only people that win or lose are the teams…not you or me. Now go have another beer with your life of quiet desperation.

  6. Zack - Jun 16, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    “do I smell a “Willis Reed” moment like Pierce did a couple of years ago”
    If you’re back in the game within 2 minutes it’s not considered a Willis Reed moment.

  7. BigdogdaddyD - Jun 16, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    No doubt about it, this late in the season everyone has some kind of injuries to deal with. Kobe just had his knee drained two weeks ago if that. 2008 we were missing two starters. We(Im a fan) the Lakers never used that as an excuse. The Lakers don’t have to be at their best to beat the Celtics. If Bynum was healthy this would have been over in 4. But it is what it is. You got to go with who you have. It’ll be interesting to see the line up the clovers go with tomorrow. I just cannot see the Lakers coughing up game 7 on their home court. Not with this lineup. Lamar will have another great game, The energy, will be there. It should be a closer game than last night, Get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on, GAME 7 baby…. Go Lake show

  8. BigdogdaddyD - Jun 16, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    No doubt about it, this late in the season everyone has some kind of injuries to deal with. Kobe just had his knee drained two weeks ago if that. 2008 we were missing two starters. We(Im a fan) the Lakers never used that as an excuse. The Lakers don’t have to be at their best to beat the Celtics. If Bynum was healthy this would have been over in 4. But it is what it is. You got to go with who you have. It’ll be interesting to see the line up the clovers go with tomorrow. I just cannot see the Lakers coughing up game 7 on their home court. Not with this lineup. Lamar will have another great game, The energy, will be there. It should be a closer game than last night, Get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on, GAME 7 baby…. Go Lake show

  9. NimRod - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    The only thing with the Willis Reed beat is that Reed was at the Garden…

  10. jrp1252 - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    It was said in ’69 of game 7 the Lakers could not lose on home court with Chamberlain, Baylor & West against an “over the hill” Celtics team. The balloons stayed tied in the rafters that night. Anything is possible.

  11. tb - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Perkins does a lot for Boston, if he can’t play he will be sorely missed. It puts much more pressure on KG to defend, which will impact his offense. They are also missing out on 6 fouls, which means they have to tone down the hacking and physical play.
    With Davis and Wallace getting more min early, they are no longer energy players coming in to provide a spark. They will loose that boost as well.

  12. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    To anyone who thinks the Lakers are not the best team ever, you are doo doo heads. Silly, lame, poo poo poopers. LMFAO! I have schooled you all!

  13. magic, byron, james, and kareem - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    WE would have swept them if WE hadnt retired 20 years ago.

  14. Ken - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    People are so funny how all of a sudden L.A is the better team. Nobody was saying that when Boston beat them two games in a row. Boston has played in a game 7. L.A has not and just like L.A beat them in Game 1 and lost game 2 they will lose game 7. Then the excuse from all the Lakers fans will be that the refs cheated.

  15. False Hope - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Grow up!

  16. Get Some - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    and the Celtics didn’t complain about not having KG all last year. No one is complaining its just time for everyone to stop making excuses and make it happen.

  17. Lakerfan - Jun 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    I’m almost certain that Ron was not implying that ‘he’ would actually been winning or losing the game. Doofus? If that ‘aint the pot calling the kettle black. You must be a Bostonian.

  18. Ed - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    But a team source told ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan: “He’s done.”
    A team source? From the same team that had janitors spy on opponents shoot-arounds in the Garden? That conveniently turned off the hot water (for mainentance) in opponents’ locker rooms? That pulled fire alarms in opponents’ hotels?
    Just another lame attempt at a dirty trick. He’ll play.

  19. tony - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    It is really amazing to hear all of the trash talk coming from beantown today considering the garbageman picked up all the trash after game 6. Now we go to game 7…..enjoy the game no matter who is on the court….

  20. tj - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Don’t forget they were also essentially missing Ariza as well.

  21. super - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Supercalifrastelisticexpalidosis

  22. Chrmngblly - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Real Doofus,
    As though any of us has “the facts”; to a true fan, the facts are irrelevant. Besides, I’d rather root for the Lakers, regardless of the facts, just like those Boston knuckleheads root for the Celtics in spite of the Celtics all being gay. Gay players are usually more defensive, and with good reason, don’t you think?
    But why resort to the facts? I’m not.

  23. Keith - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Not like Bynum is any healthier. No excuses for either. Lets go Lakers!

  24. Anonymous - Jun 16, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    The officiating in Boston was horrible. The Lakers still hung in for all those games and if some of the calls would have been what they should have they would have won those games. GO LAKERS!

  25. Anonymous - Jun 16, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    “They can make all the excuses they want, Lakers never made an excuse about being without Bynum the entire 2008 playoffs.”
    ————————————
    You are joking.
    Right?
    …Right?
    LA invented NBA whining. Still the masters. Not that the Celtics are above it…but…come on…get serious.

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