Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins will not play in Game 7
Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins will not play during Game 7 of the Lakers-Celtics championship series after suffering torn MCL and PCL ligaments in his right knee Tuesday.
Doc Rivers said Wednesday that his starting center will remain benched after landing awkwardly on his knee during the first quarter of Boston's 89-67 Game 6 loss to the Lakers.
"He's not going to go," Rivers said. "I'll tell you that now. We'll figure out the match-ups later."
The injury occurred at the 5 minute, 30 second mark in the first quarter. Perkins went up for an offensive rebound after a Rajon Rondo-missed jumper. He leaped between Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant and landed awkwardly. He had to be helped to the locker room by his teammates and he did not return.
Perkins was on crutches during Wednesday's media availability. He said he will have an MRI when he returns to Boston later this week.
With him out Thursday, the Celtics are without their most physical presence inside. Even though Rivers didn't discuss how he would adjust his lineup or game plan, it figures that Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis and Shelden Williams will help replace Perkins, with Wallace and Davis sharing the majority of the minutes.
"We're capable enough to pick up the slack for Perk," Davis said. "We're sad to see a player like that go down. We need him so badly but someone has to step up. I'll have to step up. Rasheed will have to step up. Shelden will have to step up. Kevin's going to have to step up. Everybody is going to have to step up."
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Photo: Kendrick Perkins grabs his knee after injuring it early in Game 6. Credit: Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times.