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Perkins expects to play on Wednesday

On Sunday, Kendrick Perkins [1] missed his second straight game with tendonitis in his left knee. Following the Celtics [2] loss to the Spurs, he told WEEI.com he expects to practice on Tuesday and play on Wednesday against the Thunder.

‘€œI feel good,’€ he said, adding, ‘€œ[I’€™m getting] a lot of rest, hitting the weights, pool, so it’€™ll be alright.’€

Even though he has his return in sight, that didn’€™t make the Celtics loss any easier to watch from the bench.

‘€œIt sucked,’€ he said. ‘€œYou always want to be on the court.’€

Even though the Celtics missed Perkins on the court as well — they were outrebounded 48-37 — they don’t want him to push himself either.

‘€œI would say [we missed] his defensive tenacity, but it’€™s no rush with Perk,’€œ said Rasheed Wallace [3]. ‘€œThese last few games, we’€™re already set. These last few games, they mean something but they don’€™t mean nothing, if you get what I’€™m saying. But our main thing is to get Perk healthy, take a couple games off, lay off them knees for a minute, and come back with some fresh legs.’€