LOS ANGELES -- Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins told reporters at Wednesday’s media session that tore two ligaments in his right knee in Tuesday’s Game 6 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and will be sidelined for Thursday’s decisive Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Perkins, arriving at the courtside podium on crutches and bandages around his knee, revealed he tore the media collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments. He underwent X-rays on the knee Tuesday night and was informed of the severity by team trainer Ed Lacerte Wednesday morning.
He will undergo an MRI Friday in Boston to further assess the damage.
“Physically, I’m in pain,” said Perkins. “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.
Perkins landed awkwardly trying to haul in an offensive rebound midway through the first quarter of Game 6 and suffered what was originally diagnosed as a knee sprain.
“I knew something was wrong,” said Perkins. “I didn’t know exactly what it was, but I couldn’t get up on my own. I couldn’t walk. My whole leg was hurting and the back of my knee was in pain. I heard something pop, but I didn’t know what it was. It was just painful.”
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