Kendrick Perkins suffered sprained ligaments in his knee and will be out for Game 7, if reports from Yahoo! and ESPN are correct. Perkins, who suffered the injury in last night’s first quarter when he came down awkwardly and his knee buckled beneath him, was seen walking out of the Staples Center by himself, albeit with a limp.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported Perkins is “out for Game 7 with sprained ligaments in his right knee,” while Chris Sheridan reported “a well-placed Celtics mole” as saying “he’s done.”
The Globe reported Doc Rivers and the Celtics were unaware of Perkins’ status for Game 7, but that they seemed to be pessimistic. The Herald reported “the evidence doesn’t sound good to [Perk's] teammates,” and that Ray Allen “sounded like he was saying goodbye last night.”
Perkins himself said, “We’ll see what’s up tomorrow” and “I’m going to try to give it a go.”
If Perkins is unable to go, it makes the Lakers frontcourt seem that much longer than it already is and would force Sheed into an absolutely pivotal role in Game 7. Two months ago, if I told you the season was going to come down to trusting Sheed to play a great game in a Game 7 to decide the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, you would have done two things: 1) Rejoice that the Celtics were in the Finals after playing such shitty basketball all year, and 2) Bet your house and life savings on the Lakers winning the game. Now Sheed is playing better than he has all season long, but he’ll have to keep it up in Game 7.
Goddamn, I’m excited for tomorrow. Let’s hope Perk makes a miraculous recovery.