Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady Being Poked, Pink Hats Strike Again, Stand Up! UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29:  From the book New York Exposed. Willie Mays' famous eighth inning catch going away from home plate in the first game of the 1954 World SEries between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians.  (Photo by Frank Hurley/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Managers Worse Than Farrell, Loaded 1966 All-Star Team, Brady-Belichick’s ‘Feud’ 2564856329_a79fdbbc29_z NBA Preview: 2016-2017 Boston Celtics Connelly’s Top Ten: Wright Should Sue Farrell, Pedro Silly, Swordfish – What’s Up?

Kendrick Perkins Out for Game 7 With Torn MCL & PCL

Kendrick Perkins winces in pain after tearing his MCL and PCL Tuesday night in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy Boston Globe)

As he arrived at the Staples Center this afternoon for media availability, Kendrick Perkins’ crutches and knee brace told a scary story. It was soon confirmed that Perkins had torn his MCL and PCL, an injury that will end his season a game early and leave the Celtics with a large void to fill on the defensive end.

With 5:30 remaining in the first quarter of Game 6, Perkins went up for a rebound, and came down awkwardly on his right knee as Andrew Bynum went hard over the top. Perkins immediately crumbled to the floor and laid on the court for several minutes. He needed assistance off the court and never put any pressure on his right leg as he was ushered away.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “I bang all the time and come out fine, and this time I get hurt.”

It was as simple as that. It was a familiar play that Perkins has been a part of hundreds of times in his career. Unfortunately, this time was different. That it had to happen in the NBA Finals only compounds the problem. Doc Rivers would only officially refer to the injury as a sprain, but the point is moot. Perkins is done for the season and it will be up to Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis to pick up where he left off.

Though Perkins will be sorely missed, Davis and Wallace do provide an offensive upgrade. Though both lack the defensive prowess of Perkins, the drop-off may not be as severe as it seems.

“They all bring different things to the game. Obviously Perk brings his toughness on defense and rebounding. Rasheed also does the same but he can do a little bit more scoring in the post. Baby, he’s really good at scoring, outside, inside, big banger, rebounding. Just got to take advantage of these guys’ strengths and what they bring to the game.” – Paul Pierce

Game 7 is Thursday night in Los Angeles. The home team is 13-3 in the 16 prior NBA Finals Game 7’s.

Tags: , , , ,

Discussion

One comment for “Kendrick Perkins Out for Game 7 With Torn MCL & PCL”

  1. […] Kendrick Perkins Out for Game 7 With Torn MCL & PCL […]

    Posted by Kendrick Perkins Injury Update: Right Knee Sprain | Sports of Boston | June 17, 2010, 1:47 am

Post a comment