Will Kendrick Perkins’ Injury Blemish the Lakers’ 16th NBA Title?

June 17th, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
When Kendrick Perkins went down in the first quarter of Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals, the course of the series inevitably shifted.

The Celtics suddenly lacked the big-man depth to compete with the long-armed Lakers and imploded in the final three quarters of Game 6.  A 20-point halftime deficit for the Celtics swelled to a 27-point Laker lead, and the Lakers set up a Game 7 on Thursday night with an 89-67 victory.

After the game, Celtics' coach Doc Rivers attempted to downplay Perkins' injury, saying he only had sprained his knee.  There was no hiding the severity of the injury the next day; Perkins showed up at practice and admitted he had torn two ligaments in his right knee .

Without Perkins, Boston will enter Game 7 without its most imposing physical force down low, and without its most effective defender of the Lakers' Andrew Bynum.  While ESPN's John Hollinger thinks the Perkins injury could end up being a positive for the Celtics , chances are, the public opinion will heavily favor the Lakers in seven.

Now, if the Celtics ...

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