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Perkins has torn ACL, will be out until late December

Jun 30, 2010, 5:31 AM EDT

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The hits just keep coming for the Boston Celtics. Losing game seven of the NBA Finals in heartbreaking fashion would be enough to ruin an entire offseason for most teams. In Boston, losing game seven was just the overture to an off-season of uncertainty and misery. 
On Tuesday, 2008 Finals MVP and franchise mainstay Paul Pierce opted out of his contract. A few hours later, Celtics fans were treated to the news that the knee injury Kendrick Perkins suffered during Game 6 of the Finals is much more serious than it was originally believed to be. 
According to Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald, a post-game 7 MRI on Perkins’ knee revealed that Perkins had torn his ACL. Perkins will undergo surgery on the knee a week from Tuesday. If all goes well, Perkins will be out of action until late December or early January. It’s tough news for Perkins, who has played in at least 72 regular-season games in each of the last four years. 
To recap, the Celtics aren’t sure if Doc Rivers will return. They have already officially lost Tom Thibodeau, a defensive wizard and perhaps the best assistant coach in the league. Their starting center will not be in the lineup on opening day, and their starting wings are both unrestricted free agents. 
Not that long ago, the Celtics were 12 minutes away from an NBA Championship. Today, the Celtics don’t have much more than an emerging young superstar, cap space, and the hope that everything will work out okay for the league’s most decorated franchise. As of this moment, it doesn’t look like the Celtics will replicate their 2010 playoff run any time soon. However, if the Celtics’ 2010 playoff run taught us anything, it’s that writing off the Celtics too early can be a big mistake. 
  1. wes unseld - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! who cares, maybe Paula P. will sing us a song about…..

  2. TTOWN - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Boston will not duplicate 2010 season….. Too many variables.

  3. banner18 - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Not really a surprise, but a blow for us to be sure. We need to get a center in free agency. Maybe we can bring Marcus Camby back home.

  4. Bill-Sonora - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    I dont get it.
    Out of action?
    What action? The NBA season is over.
    Does the beginning of the next (or any) NBA season really matter?
    Tough injury but wont hurt Celtics’ season.
    He’ll be ok

  5. Bill-Sonora - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    You cant make predictions about the Celtics.
    Didnt you learn from this year?
    LAKERS #1 (16 TIMES CHAMPIONS)

  6. Cheapseat View - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    I can’t stand Boston and Boston Fans. Chanting “Kobe sucks” was too far. Your arrogant and think the world revolves around you. One more win and we’re tied with you for NBA championships. That will be fine with me. Funny thing is, my mom was from Boston.

  7. AngusCoal - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    You ignorant LA Lakers Fans….Kobe is an a** r*per….you know, the whole world knows it, but you effin fans, all of you, wrap your arms around this athletes have NO regard for you and feel entitled to whatever it is that they want, and whatever it is that they wish to have, including dogs, drugs, booze, and women! The objectify them and then they abuse them….take a look around – baseball, football, hockey and especially the THUGS in basketball.
    YOU my friend, are part of the problem and are blind to reality….Yes, KOBE SUCKS as well as Michael Vick, Lawrence Taylor, Tiger Woods, and the rest of the athletes, and hollywood types that think they are ‘entitled.’ White, Black, Hispanic, Martians…it don’t matter…’YOU’ people that turn away from the truth, are just as repsonsible as the ones who buy the tickets, jerseys, cable packages, etc.
    Oh, and as far as #24 goes, please do not tell me he was alleged of this crime or that it was settled out of court….dont take the public for fools! He is an egotistical *ss r*per! PERIOD

  8. Sed - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Hey AngusCoal u sound dumb right now, and may even be a racist. you’re only mentioning Black athletes but actors are the same way, but since u naming Black athletes how about Ben Rothlisbeger or Pete Rose. Or Jason Kidd beating his wife.

  9. wes unseld - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    you are a 100% idiot…..the girl was a gold digging tramp, she waited until DADDY found out and then she yelled RAPE. she had sex with at least 3 other men, boys, dogs whatever in a 2 day span….she went to his room at 2am, looking for WHAT? a cold drink…..drop dead you moron…

  10. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    anyone but LA

  11. Sal - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Kobe is not a Rapist Period. Get it right! That tramp from Colorado, wanted Kobe, went to his room, did the thing; went back to her boyfriend, boyfriend and girlfriend had sex, ( it was proven that there was two different types of sperm in her PANTIES! HA HA HA. That woman, is a tramp! A whore, that decided to claim rape in order to get easy money. Ben Rothlisberger, hired Cops as his personal body guards. The cop escorted that poor drunk student to a side room of the bar, then would not, I repeat WOULD NOT let any body in there, until Ben Raped that poor woman. The difference from both cases are as clear as water. If you notice, the girl that was raped in this case was the latter one, given that as soon as she was allowed to leave, once Ben raped her, she went straight to the COPS; unlike that whore from Colorado that went home, had sex with her boyfriend, then decided, to call the cops and report that a rape happened. I know that this won’t change your peanut brain, because if your not a Laker’s fan, then you jump to silly conclusion just to say anything negative about Kobe and hence the Lakers. But is Okay we don’t mind, but we as fans of Kobe and the Lakers will ALWAYS COME OUT AND DEFEND THE TRUTH. Who’s the ignorant now, Angus? get your facts right, but like a said, there’s still people that believe that the Earth is flat, damn ignorant fools.

  12. james patrick - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    just goes to show how most lakers fans watch the game with blinders on. all i heard was, who cares about perkins, he doesn’t mean much to the team, he’s not as tough as bynum who is still playing or he faked it like paul pierce did. bynum and bryant tag-teaming perk in game 6 is why you won the title. period. and no celtics fan respects this idea that you’re one more title away. we’re still 9-3 all time in matchups. beat that.

  13. james patrick - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    just goes to show how most lakers fans watch the game with blinders on. all i heard was, who cares about perkins, he doesn’t mean much to the team, he’s not as tough as bynum who is still playing or he faked it like paul pierce did. bynum and bryant tag-teaming perk in game 6 is why you won the title. period. and no celtics fan respects this idea that you’re one more title away. we’re still 9-3 all time in matchups. beat that.

  14. wes unseld - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    YO, correction, she had 3 sperm samples in her underwear not 2, 3….damn, change you underwear between trick will ya…..

  15. wes unseld - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    hey, Jimmy! sounds like you need a nap, or you big boy pants chnaged. no one hurt perkins but perkins, watch the tape you jackass, Paul Pierce is a bad actress, your boy rondo cant hit a jumper to save his life, ray allen just runs from one end of the court to the next and hits 30% of his shots, Garrnett is a thug and big dumb ass is just that. you have all summer to cry about why and how you sorry team lost, but that is just what happened they lost, deal with it….

  16. hate the lakers - Jun 30, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    yes I hate the lakers….all of them…but these posts are really dumb…have nothing to do with the original blog about perkins being hurt. He is a big part of the celtics team and will be missed for 1/3 of the season. That does put the celtics in a bad position however since it will be the beginning of the season, they can try to get someone to play center until he returns. All the other BS about who did what do whom, see TMZ, this is about sports.

  17. mambatime - Jun 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Gee Anuscoal you seem to be fixated on the dark side of things…sort of a rear facing viewpoint seems to me. Oh, so you were there in the room with Kobe and this extortionist .. and you read her mind and it wasn’t indicating that Kobe is worth well over a hundred million and maybe she just wanted 50 thou?
    You love Boston…You hate the Lakers…Your team had a 13 point lead with 15 minutes to go….Gasol took it all away from you in the fourth and now all you can do is look back a few years and grasp for something that was never there to begin with.

  18. roll withit - Jun 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Is Kobe a rapist or not? Only two people know. What we DO know is that Kobe is and was married at the time to a young beautiful girl. So what does that say for Kobe, that he would let a young innocent/whoring tramp into his room at 0200 to have sex with her? And he is your hero? How about two years ago before the start of the the season? I want out of L.A., this place sucks, trade me Whine Whine Whine….then the general manager of the Grizzlies, some guy named Jerry West (hmmmm does this sound suspicious) trades Pau Gasol to the Lakers for less than nothing and once again Kobe is instantly forgiven. I am a huge Laker fan, but I am an even larger Kobe hater. When he is gone I will root for them again. Until then, I hope they lose every game he plays….

  19. wes unseld - Jul 1, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    no one cares, the lakers don’t care, kobe does not care, even the slut from eagle colo does not care, YO momma don’t even care what you think, you do have a momma don’t you…whatever…..time to go pick up your unemployment check anyway…bye

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