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UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Perk will miss Game 7 with a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee.
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins was injured 5:30 remaining in the first quarter of the Celtics’ Game 6 loss to the Lakers, and did not return to action. He was going up for an offensive rebound when he landed awkwardly, and went to the ground clutching his right knee. He was helped off the court and taken in for x-rays. (Watch video of the play)
The NBA later confirmed that Perk suffered a right knee sprain, and his status for Thursday’s Game 7 is pending further medical evaluation.
“The whole team had struggles scoring. I haven’t given that any thought yet on who we would start. It’s pretty easy to figure out, it’ll be one of two guys — Rasheed or Baby — but I’m not sure,” said Doc Rivers. “We’ve got to get better play out of Baby, and I told him that after the game. We do. He has to come with that same spirit he came in the famous Shrek and Donkey game. We need that again, and we need that from everybody.”
The Celtics clearly could use Perk in Game 7 to help the C’s match up with Lakers big men Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum.