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Perk Missing A Game In The Finals? It’s Already Happened

Jay June 1, 2010 Uncategorized 6 Comments

The game will forever be etched in the voluminous chronicles of Celtics lore.  "The Comeback" was legendary.  It was one for the ages.  It essentially squeezed the life out of the 2008 LA Lakers.  Everyone will remember Paul Pierce leading the comeback in the second half.  Nobody will forget Ray Allen blowing by a crying Sasha Vujacic for a lay-up to seal the game.  There's one thing that people seem to be forgetting from that game.  One thing that at the time was a potentially huge problem.

Early in the second half of Game 4, Kendrick Perkins injured his shoulder trying to defend a Lamar Odom drive (see video below):

Perkins didn't return to the game as the Celtics eventually completed the historic comeback.  What many people seem to be forgetting is that Perk also missed the next game (Game 5, in LA) as well.  Leon Powe started that game, but played an ineffective 5 minutes.  The only other big that played alongside Kevin Garnett that night was P.J. Brown, who logged a foul-filled 25 minutes.

Granted, Andrew Bynum couldn't play that series due to injury, but he doesn't exactly sound like he's 100% for this series either.  He's playing with torn cartilage and basically no fluid in his knee.  I'm certainly not advocating for Perk to hammer Bynum (or anyone) to earn that one game suspension, but the Celtics have a more equipped roster of bigs this time around to cover for one game.

As long as Sheed's back is relatively good, coupled with the much improved Glen Davis, they should be ok.  Now, the Celtics lost Game 5 but were very close to closing out the series in that game until KG missed a pair of late free throws followed by a Kobe Bryant steal/lay-up to seal it.

Back in Boston for the Game 6 rout, an injured Perkins suited up for a foul plagued 13 minutes, logging just over 2 of those minutes in the second half.  Obviously both teams are improved and Perk's role is much bigger and important this time.  The point is that it's essentially inevitable that he gets T'd up and subsequently suspended, but the Celtics are deeper on bigs to sustain a one game absence.

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  • KY Celts fan

    I have hated Odom ever since that game. I hate him more than Kobe. Not because he hurt Perk, which is just part of the game, but because he is all smiles about it. As if he’s proud that something he did caused another player’s injury. That’s just dick.

  • CFH

    Thank you for bringing that up… it’s nice to remember that even though Perk will almost certainly miss a game this year, he’ll still be more Perk for the Lakers to handle for the games he plays. Not only is he vastly improved, but his shoulder seems to be working the way it’s supposed to nowadays.
    Granted, the Celtics need his improvement to help balance KG’s decline up front, and granted that he has sore knees and whatever other physical issues come with playing from October to June… but we’re looking at a huge net gain of beastliness!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115709edd57970b G4L

    That injury kind of changed that series for the C’s. It made the C’s use a smaller lineup with E. House in & made us a better offensive team for the game which fuled the comeback.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Good call G4L. Eddie went off after that, you’re right.
    Odom, class act underachiever.
    Beast has been a constant all post season, he just knows his assignments and commits himself. Jermaine, Shaq, DH are all in the Beast-wake past right now. Time to add Bynum and Pau to the list.
    * I like that.. the Wake of the Beast: a list of all the ‘top flight’ bigs he shuts down.

  • http://yahoo.com ShutUp

    Is this article supposed to make the Celtics fans feel better about Perkins missing a game? The Celtics lost that game and will for sure lose whichever game Perkins gets suspended for this year. Are you all in denial? Even an injured Bynum has outperformed a healthy Kendrick this postseason! And you know you’d trade a Sheed/Davis frontcourt for a Gasol/Odom frontcourt any day. Look at their numbers before you run your mouths.

  • NorthernGreen

    I say that if Perk has one more tech before a suspension, he should wait until the Celtics grab a huge lead that assures a win then get that tech. Wipe the slate clean and sit out the next game. Get the rest and come back with a huge win! Am I right about the clean slate after the suspension?