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Perkins said the injury "is real sore," adding that he is not scheduled to undergo any additional testing right now.
The biggest fear when he went down for Celtics fans, was that he re-injured his right knee.
In Game Six of the NBA Finals, Perkins suffered a torn MCL and PCL injury that some thought might sideline him all season.
As far as treatments for the injury, "we'll know in the morning," Perkins told CSNNE.com. "I wish it wouldn't have happened to either [knee]."
Like I said last night in the recap, when an injury is really serious, the guy gets sent to the back for an X-ray. Perk sat on the bench last night and isn't scheduled for any sort of MRI. So ultimately, he'll be fine.
The question is whether this thing will be too stiff for him to play. And while there's really no chance of him going out there and making it worse (unless he bumps it again) if he does play… the C's have to be cautious of sending him out there because of his OTHER knee.
If the left knee is stiff, the right leg will compensate for it. You might know it is "limping"… which puts added pressure on the healthy leg. Since his right knee is just coming off the ACL repair, the last thing I want is for him to be putting any extra pressure on that thing. So I'm all for being extra cautious and sitting him out Thursday if that thing can't get loosened up before the game. I'm sure between now and then these guys can come up with something to help get the knee ready. But if that's a deep enough bruise, I want them to take no chances.
On Page 2: Marquis is still meeting with specialists… so the C's will turn to… Troy Murphy?
His agent, Mark Bartelstein, said yesterday that Daniels plans to meet with the Celtics medical staff in a week to discuss a plan of action for treating his bruised spinal cord.
Daniels has met with three specialists, and over the next week plans to meet with two more doctors for additional opinions.
“There are different opinions, and it’s too premature right now to say what is going to happen,” said Bartelstein. “There are different ways to get him healthy, to get him right. Right now it looks like it’s going to be another week before we all sit down with (team physician) Dr. (Brian) McKeon to go over it.”
So who's in the lead today? According to SI's Chris Mannix, it's Troy Murphy (Miami also a front runner). He's about to be traded to Golden State… and then bought out. Murphy is not the best defender in the world, but he can shoot and rebound… but apparently not in a Nets uniform. After averaging 14.3 pts/11.8 reb and 14.6 pts/10.2 reb, Murphy has put up 3.6/4.2 in Jersey. Something is up there.
Of all the names out there, Murphy might give the C's the most offensively. They'll have to compensate for his defense somehow, but they're doing that now anyway… so we'll just have to see what Doc and crew come up with if he does join the team.
So that leaves the obvioius question: Who gets bought out in Boston? Is it Marquis with the promise that he can stay in Boston and have all his rehab taken care of here? Is it Von Wafer who managed only seven minutes of playing time last night? Is it Nate Robinson, who frustrates the hell out of so many of us with his wild offense (he took a 3 last night with 21 seconds on the shot clock and no one back to rebound. Yeah, another one)?
I guess that's the wait-and-see part of this whole thing.
There rest of the links
CSNNE: Garnett looks to become more of a scorer | Herald: C's stomp out jinx | Globe: C's look Golden | Warriors tougher with Lee | Shaq unlikely to play on trip | WEEI: Wild west is no match for Rondo | ESPN Boston: Rapid reaction | West returns vs. Golden State