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No Perkins could spell big trouble for Boston

Posted by Bill Koch on June 16, 2010

Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins will officially be a spectator while the Boston Celtics try to take home Banner 18 at Staples Center on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Doc Rivers waited until today to reveal what we here at Ramble On already knew last night – that Perkins suffered a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee and won’t be available to play in Game 7 on Thursday. It was obvious for all to see when Perkins went down grabbing his right knee with 5:30 to play in the first that this wasn’t a simple sprain. The ABC guys in the broadcast booth finally got something right when they told their audience that Perkins is one of the toughest guys in the NBA and one of the last people who would flop around needlessly while waiting for medical attention. Perkins is facing surgery and several months of rehabilitation to get back to 100 percent, no small task for a guy who came out of high school badly overweight and had to work himself into the current bruiser that he is through hours on the treadmill before and after practice.

Big Baby Davis and – gulp – Rasheed Wallace will have to pick up the slack for Perkins if Boston wants to maintain its perfect 7-0 record in Game 7s of The Finals and its 11-0 record after taking a 3-2 lead in championship series. Let’s hope the two of them are better than they were during a dreadful 89-67 loss in Game 6 in which the Lakers’ reserves outscored the Celtics’ scrubs, 24-0, through the first three quarters while Los Angeles rolled out to a 25-point lead.

Mr. Man Boobs was particularly awful on Tuesday, going 0-for-7 from the field and missing all six of his 3-point attempts. Take it from us here at Ramble On, Rasheed – the reason that you seem to be wide open all the time is the same reason that you and your teammates have been leaving Ron Artest unguarded for most of the series. Everyone knows that you both shoot a terrible percentage from the field and would rather have you trying to score than getting other people involved. Big Baby doesn’t have this problem, because most of his offense comes from putbacks and hustle plays in the lane. The issue with Davis against the long Los Angeles front line is simple – he’s too short to stop Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom from having their way in the paint.

The biggest problem for Boston while trying to compensate for losing Perkins comes in the two areas where championships are won – defense and rebounding. Gasol had his best game of the series in Game 6, finishing one assist shy of a triple double, and a similar performance will spell doom for the Celtics on Thursday. In addition, the team that has won the rebounding battle has won all six games of this series – Los Angeles hammered Boston on the glass, 30-13, in the opening half of Game 6 on its way to victory. The Celtics can’t afford to have the same thing happen on Thursday, or they’ll be missing much more than Perkins going into the offseason.


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