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Perkins expects to play on Wednesday 03.29.10 at 1:05 am ET
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On Sunday, Kendrick Perkins missed his second straight game with tendonitis in his left knee. Following the Celtics 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. ‘€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.’€

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Perk out but could return Wednesday 03.28.10 at 7:38 pm ET
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Kendrick Perkins will miss his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee, Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced before the Sunday night game against San Antonio. Rasheed Wallace starts in place of Perkins.

“He’s not going to play but I’m pretty sure he’s going to play Wednesday,” Rivers said. The Celtics host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Garden on Wednesday.

The Celtics will have the services of Nate Robinson off the bench as his left ankle responded to treatment after a sprain on Friday night and he has been cleared to play.

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Perk likely out, Robinson question mark for Sunday 03.26.10 at 11:13 pm ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Friday’s win over Sacramento that center Kendrick Perkins has been fighting tendinitis in his left knee for some time and finally needed to sit down and rest it.

Rivers added that Perkins will likely also miss Sunday night’s home game against San Antonio. As for Nate Robinson, he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Rivers said if his ankle responds to treatment, he is still no better than ’50-50′ to play against the Spurs.

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Perk out with sore left knee at 7:15 pm ET
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The Celtics will not have the services of center Kendrick Perkins for Friday’s game against Sacramento. The big man will rest his sore left knee.

The team did not say how long Perkins is expected out of action. Rasheed Wallace will start in his place.

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Perkins reminded of old times 03.16.10 at 12:53 am ET
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The Celtics were up by double digits late in the fourth quarter and Gino came out to celebrate. It was just like old times. Well, just like earlier in the season, actually.

The C’€™s commanding 119-93 win over the Pistons on Monday night in Boston was reminiscent of the blowout victories they had enjoyed so many times before. They got back to team basketball, something Kendrick Perkins was happy to be a part of.

‘€œI think today, the vibe was good on the court,’€œ he said after the game. ‘€œGuys were rooting for each other, being there on the help side, just being there, and it was just fun to be a part of.’€

Perkins was particularly please with the Celtics’ ball movement. Shots produced by four or five passes were a result of strong communication and being in sync with one another. The overall team effort reminded Perkins of the start of the season, when they went on six- and 11-game winning streaks.

‘€œIt does, especially when we’€™re playing like that,’€ he said. ‘€œI think just how guys were sharing the ball, like I said, just fun to be a part of. It reminds you of the time we were playing, I think, at our best. Those are the things we were doing. And on the defensive end we were playing great defense and rebounding and running and guys were denying the ball.’€

The Celtics have won six out of their last 10 and will face the Knicks on Wednesday at home.

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Allen: ‘We’ve got a bunch of leaders’ 03.15.10 at 7:14 pm ET
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Following their loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday, the leadership of the Celtics came into question. As in, where is it coming from?

Ray Allen says the Celtics don’€™t come down to one or two individuals. They are not led by a single player, he notes. Never have been nor do they plan on becoming so.

‘€œThe same as it’€™s always been,’€ he said prior to the Celtics – Pistons game on Monday. ‘€œWe’€™ve got a bunch of leaders on this team.’€

Kendrick Perkins offered a remedy to help the Celtics on Sunday after LeBron James led the Cavs to victory.

‘€œI think maybe a different guy gotta try to step up and be a leader,’€œ reported the Boston Globe. ‘€œI think sometimes you try to feed off your All-Stars, but maybe somebody else gotta step up. I’€™m talking about leading by example. One spark or positive energy on the court and guys tend to feed off that. Maybe it’€™s gotta be me, Rondo, ‘€™Sheed, somebody.’€™’€™

A day later, Doc Rivers echoed the notion of players needing to step up. He believes his players have it in them, it is just a matter of putting it out there on the court. He pointed out Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels specifically as two players the Celtics need better production from.

“I don’t care how frustrating it gets for me,” Rivers said before Monday’s game. “I see it, and if you see it or not, I see it and I’m going to get it out of you. And that’s what I told them after the game [Sunday]. I don’t know how but I will get it out of you.”

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Perkins: Cavs better without Shaq 03.13.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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There is no denying that Shaquille O’€™Neal is one of the most challenging big men to go up against in the NBA. But in the case of the Cavaliers, Kendrick Perkins thinks they are better suited without him.

The Cavaliers are 6-1 since O’€™Neal suffered a sprained thumb on February 25 against the Celtics. While it should be noted that wins during that stretch came against the sub-.500 Knicks, Nets, Pistons, and 76ers, Perkins believes that the Cavaliers have more options and speed without O’€™Neal.

‘€œIn my opinion, I think they’€™re better,’€ he said after practice on Saturday. ‘€œThey can run more, you’€™ve got Anderson Varejao who’€™s more of an active body, he gets LeBron open a lot, opens up the paint for him, so I think they’€™re a better team. I mean obviously Shaq could help them, but I think they’€™re a better, more fast-paced team.’€

Even without O’€™Neal on the court, Perkins will still have hands full in the paint. Anderson Varejao isn’€™t as big as O’€™Neal, but he causes problems for opponents in his own way.

‘€œYou’€™ve just got to take him out of the game,’€ said Perkins. ‘€œI think you’€™ve got to, all the time he’€™s more of the instigator. I think you’€™ve got to be more of the instigator when you’€™re playing against him. You’€™ve got to hit him first. He’€™s a guy who flops, gets a lot of calls, takes charges, offensive rebounds, so I think you’€™ve just got to keep a body on him and play against him hard.’€

Varejao is averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games against the Celtics this season, compared to 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds from O’€™Neal.

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