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Jae Crowder knocked out of game with sprained left knee after J.R. Smith fist to jaw 04.26.15 at 2:51 pm ET
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A brutally physical game for Jae Crowder ended just 96 seconds into the second half Sunday in Game 4 against the Cavaliers.

J.R. Smith swung his elbow underneath the Celtics basket, and his fist connected with Jae Crowder, knocking out Crowder temporarily. But the bigger damage came as he fell to the floor. Crowder’s lower left leg bent underneath him as he fell, suffering a game-ending sprain.

Crowder was on the floor for several minutes before being helped up and assisted to the Celtics locker room, where the team ruled him out for the rest of the game.

Unlike Kendrick Perkins, who drilled Crowder with a forearm to the jaw in the second quarter on a screen, Smith was ejected with a “Flagrant 2″ foul.

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Kendrick Perkins throws a left forearm at jaw of Jae Crowder and stays in game at 2:17 pm ET
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Kendrick Perkins got away with one Sunday in Game 4.

With 1:44 left in the second quarter, the former Celtics big man hero set a screen for LeBron James. One problem: He threw his left forearm at the jaw of Crowder, knocking the Celtics best defender of James to the floor.

Crowder got up and the two nearly started a brawl. Perkins added a face-slap to Crowder before the two were separated.

Perkins was charged with a “Flagrant 1″ and both were charged with technicals but Perkins stayed in the game.

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Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and a Celtics brotherhood 11.13.14 at 1:31 am ET
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Those 2007-08 Celtics share a bond that won’t be broken, so it wasn’t surprising to see Leon Powe waiting in the visiting locker room for Thunder center Kendrick Perkins to get dressed Wednesday night.

“Sometimes you just need a reality check,” said Perkins, who has worked through his share of ups and downs in Oklahoma City, coming off the bench in Wednesday’s 109-94 win over his former team. “Sometimes people you love just have to put you in place and talk to you, and that’s all you need at times, is just that one person to talk to.

“I go to a lot of people, man,” he added. “I talk to [Kevin Garnett] a lot. I talk to [Rajon] Rondo a lot. KG is the one who tells me the truth all the time. He’s going to tell me the truth whether I want to hear it or not.”

Rondo wouldn’t share exactly what he and he and his former teammate discuss.

“I can’€™t really say what we talk about, really,” he said. “He told me some things, too, but I won’€™t put him on blast.”

Perkins is a little more forthcoming about their relationship. They became best friends as the young tandem that filled out a starting five that featured Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, so when Perkins was dealt to OKC for Jeff Green at the 2011 trade deadline, it taught them both a less in NBA business. Still, they remain thick as thieves.

Naturally, as Perkins and Rondo approach unrestricted free agency for the first time in their careers, their conversations occasionally focus on the future. “I think it’€™s a great place for him,” Perkins told reporters prior to the game. “I think he wants to stay here. We talk on the regular, and I think he should stay. If I was him, I’€™d stay.”

Rondo didn’t disagree. “That’s about accurate,” said the Celtics captain. “From Media Day in the beginning, that’€™s what I said initially, so … my perspective hasn’t changed, and I love being a Celtic.”

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Tony Allen: Celtics ‘missing a lot of pieces’ 01.03.13 at 12:21 am ET
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Grizzlies wing Tony Allen admitted, “I ain’t no analyst,” but he offered up an opinion of his former team anyway, and his diagnosis of the Celtics was about as pretty as their 14-17 record.

“They’re missing a lot of pieces,” said Allen, who left Boston for a three-year deal in Memphis two summers ago.

Somewhat offering his stamp of approval on the replacement of Ray Allen‘s 3-point shooting prowess with fellow veteran Jason Terry, Allen instead harped on the absence of players … well … like himself.

“I don’t think they’ve really got a defensive-minded guy yet,” added Allen. “I mean, they’ve got one [Avery Bradley], but I can’t say he’s 100 percent just yet. I don’t think they’ve got the center like Perk [Kendrick Perkins]. It’€™s kind of hard finding a guy like — a guy who clogs up the paint, talks trash to you and can actually back it up. They’€™re just missing a lot. I don’t know. I don’t see the same team from 2008.”

Still, Allen knows better than to bury a Celtics team that still features three pretty important members from that ’08 NBA championship team: Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett.

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Kendrick Perkins on Paul Pierce: ‘He’s got a lot of tricks’ 11.23.12 at 11:32 pm ET
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Kendrick Perkins played seven-plus seasons with Paul Pierce so he knows just how good he can be, especially in the clutch.

Perkins was witness to Pierce’s greatness again on Friday night as the Celtics captain went 4-of-6 from long range and finished with 27 points in Boston’s 108-100 win over the Thunder at TD Garden.

‘€œHe’€™s got a lot of tricks,” Perkins said. “That’€™s the reason he’€™s been scoring the ball like he has for years. Got a lot of tricks man. He did a great job tonight of just playing smart. He’€™s moving well and it looks like he’€™s in great shape, he’€™s doing his job’€

Perkins was held to five points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes for the Thunder in his return to Boston.

‘€œYeah, it does (feel strange) but at the same time we’€™re both out there trying to get wins and it’€™s over with now,” Perkins said. “You can’€™t change the past’€

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Doc Rivers on Kendrick Perkins: ‘You can’t put a number on identity or perception’ at 8:22 pm ET
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When asked initially about Kendrick Perkins before Friday’s game, Doc Rivers said he wasn’t focused on the big man’s return to Boston.

“He’s tough,” Rivers said. “He’s good. He’s a good defender. I’m looking at their whole team. I haven’t thought about the one guy more than the sentimental stuff.”

Then Rivers articulated exactly what it is that the 7-foot center brings to any team he’s on. Call it the “scowl” factor.

“Perk has never had big stats,” Rivers said. “That’s not why you have Perk on your team. You can’t put a number on identity or perception. There is a number but I don’t know what it is but Perk gives the team that.”

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Why Kevin Garnett comparing Jared Sullinger to Kendrick Perkins matters 11.06.12 at 5:17 pm ET
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It could be coincidence that Kevin Garnett compared Jared Sullinger to Kendrick Perkins three days after the rookie earned his first career NBA start for a coach who rarely even plays first-year guys, but it’s probably not.

“Jared understands what we’€™re doing,” said Garnett. “He’€™s a no-nonsense guy — not that I’€™m shooting anything at the other guys — but the young fella comes in, does his job and does what you tell him. He’€™s a great rebounder, his IQ is unbelievable, he can pass the ball and he reminds me a lot of Perk. Obviously, he’€™s not the defensive player that Perk was, but as far as IQ, moving the ball and being unselfish, he’€™s a great teammate.”

Don’t forget the Doc Rivers-ism that the Celtics never lost a playoff series with his starting five of Perkins, Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. Whether you consider Perkins overrated or not, he played a role for the Celtics: rebound, defend and finish around the basket. Sullinger fills that role.

“It means a lot, especially coming from Kevin,” said Sullinger of the comparison to Perkins. “When Kevin gives anybody praise, he really likes you, I guess, so it’€™s a blessing. But at the same time I’€™ve got to keep working. That’€™s pretty much my motto: Just to keep working.”

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