NBA Finals 2010: Boston Celtics' Kendrick Perkins Out For Critical Game 7

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IJune 16, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics is attended to by the trainer in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kendrick Perkins, the big man for Boston, is going to miss the biggest game of the season when the Celtics play Los Angeles tomorrow night for the NBA Title.

On Sunday night, I got into a discussion on why there aren't nearly as many knee injuries in the NBA compared to High School or College.

As a Celtics fan seeing that Perkins now has a torn MCL and PCL, it looks like that discussion was the kiss of death.

Do I think the Celtics can still win without Perkins?

Yes, but it certainly isn't going to come easy.  The Celtics are going to need significant contributions from Glen Davis and Rasheed Wallace.

Not to mention the senior leadership from Kevin Garnett.  If there was ever a game where Garnett could give it his all for forty full minutes this would be it.  Losing Perkins under these circumstances with this matchup is terrible to see.

"Physically, I'm in pain," Perkins said. "I hurt my knee pretty badly. I'm out for tomorrow. There's nothing I could do about it. It's a torn MCL and torn PCL, so I gotta watch from the sideline."

The moment that Perkins hit the deck I feared for the worst.  Whenever a player lands awkwardly on a leg like he did you know it never ends up good.

Perkins has struggled offensively during this series.  On the defensive side of the ball it has been a different story.  He has played a vital role in defending both Gasol and Bynum.  His size and strength is going to be missed in the low post tomorrow night.

It could be the deciding factor in the game.  Then again Boston understands going in that they will not have the service of Perkins, and they will prepare and be ready to take on the Lakers no matter how they try and attack the basket.

No doubt about it though, this is a huge blow for Boston.  You never want to see a team lose because of an injury, but this loss is going to be a lot to overcome.

Then again this Celtics team has faced adversity throughout the entire season.

Kendrick Perkin's knee injury is one more hurdle they have to jump over.

They continue to defy the odds.  If they can manage to win tomorrow night, Boston will become champions for the eighteenth time.


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