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Well, That Explains A Lot: Perk’s Tendinitis Bothered Him For Months


More news is coming out of the C’s practice this afternoon in Waltham. Besides the Pierce injury update, Kendrick Perkins spoke for the first time after sitting out the past two contests with left knee tendinitis. Upon questioning, Perk shed more light on the extent of his knee trouble these past couple months. Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com provides us with the details in his terrific practice report:

“I felt alright, I thought I played pretty good at practice today,” said Perkins. “My knee felt better. I’m looking forward to going out there and playing [Wednesday].

“There’s a little bit [of stiffness]. It’s probably something I’ll have to deal with the rest of the season. I’ll continue to get treatment, continue to come in at night and get that treatment.”

Perkins also admitted he’s been battling the tendinitis for as much as two months before he finally took the advice of Rivers and the training staff and shut it down for the week. Perkins admitted it’s affected his game.

“I can’t get up and block shots like I want to, I can’t get up for the rebounds,” said Perkins. “But I’m out there, so I gotta get the job done. So I’m not making excuses, but I think it has [affected his play] in a way.”

And that’s why we love Perk. The guy refuses to make excuses for himself. This is also a bit of a relief if you are a Celtics fan, since well, it explains a lot about Perk’s performance, the last two months. Let’s check out his month by month splits for further confirmation.

So yeah….that explains, well everything.. Being one of those people who questioned aloud Perk’s regression during those two months, allow me to apologize to Perk for questioning him at all, while he was gutting it out through the pain.

I guess, the encouraging part of this disclosure, is the fact that Perk’s dropoff in play was due to his injury, rather than just inconsistent performance from many other members of this team.

As we enter the final few weeks of the season however, Perk also admitted that this is something that will likely bother him for the rest of the year. All that being considered, I guess my question is, if this injury had bothered Perkins for two months, is this something that the team’s staff could have/should have nipped in the bud earlier?

For now though, we can only hope Doc and company keeps the big man’s minutes down and hopefully rest him on the back end of those back to backs to end the year.

Screw the 3 seed, if it comes at the cost of keeping Perk fully rested and as healthy as physically possible. As we saw Sunday night against San Antonio, this team’s interior D relies on the big fella. And they will need him at his best, (or whatever rested level his best can be) come April.

  • DRJ1

    Screw the 3rd seed is right. It’s really close to meaningless anyway. Just read where they’re saying Miami has such an easy schedule going forward, they’re likely to end up 5th seed. If that happens, what’s wrong with 4th seed?? Nothing.

    Bucks, Heat… whatever. They’re all gonna be hard to beat. Either we got it, or we don’t. We’re not gonna sneak our way by to the championship…

    But this is not good news. Perk’s gonna have to suck it up. Anyway… health-luck will be the biggest factor determining the winner in the end… it always is.

  • I love Green

    Thats good to hear. So now in the playoffs hopefully he’ll get his offense back, and his defensive dominance. This puts a smile on my face, thank you Brian.

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  • Perry

    Have to disagree.

    1- Avoiding Cleveland in the 2nd round is tantamount to a tactical advantage.

    2- Perk admitted he’s having problems lifting, so if he needs to be ‘fully rested and as healthy as physically possible’ for the playoffs then why is he playing tomorrow night?

    By the way, why are we always being piece mealed injuries and not told about them sooner? Is there any other player who has been under performing of late carrying around an injury secret?

  • DRJ1

    Good question, Perry. The tendonitis is probably not completely gone yet… takes weeks, usually. On the other hand, he needs to stay sharp. Maybe they’re trying to balance those two issues.

    This health-luck factor is huge. Healthiest team usually wins, bottom line. We’ve got two problems already. Ugh

  • DRJ1

    @Perry– Let’s think about that tactical advantage of avoiding Cavs in 2nd round. My main reason for not caring about seeding is the whole “best laid plans” thing… we just can’t predict what’s gonna happen, so why try. But let’s see what we can piece together…

    If Cs are #4, they’ll play the #5 (Bucks? Miami? Charlotte?), then the Cavs, and then whoever else is left standing… we don’t know who that will be.

    If Cs are #3, they’ll play the #6 (same 3 as before, plus Toronto as a long shot), then most likely the Magic, and then the Cavs.

    I think we all agree that we’re interested in getting to the Finals, not in being eliminated later as opposed to earlier (of course). Now, whatever happens, it’s pretty clear that we will have to beat the Cavs at some point. So in that regard, there’s no difference between #3 and #4. BUT… if we come in at #4, we might NOT have to play the Magic… by the Finals, two teams will have had their shot at beating Orlando, and they’re beatable… more so than the Cavs.

    So it’s ARGUABLE (and I’m writing this with a rueful smile) that it’s better to come in #4 than #3. At least, it could turn out that way.

    In the end, I guess I still think that “the best laid plans” when it comes to predicting the playoffs are a waste of time. #1 would have been nice. Beyond that, it just doesn’t matter. Imo, anyway.

    I remember back in 08, when everybody was predicting doom for the Cs after two 7-game series in a row. Later, the explanation was that they NEEDED those tough series to get their game right. Whatever. “Men plan, God laughs.” The one and only thing that matters to me about the Cs right now is health.

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  • Jrmz

    DRJ1 makes a good point. And I’m really guessing that if we get to 4th, we’ll meet a 5th seeded Miami just because of how easy their schedule is. I’d rather the Cs battle Miami in the first round, hope it doesn’t drag to 7 games, and then I don’t see why the Cavs are more worrying than the Magic. If we can’t beat the Cavs in the second round, why would we then beat em in the conference finals?

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  • Perry


    I see your point and it will be argued in that aspect over the next few weeks. I agree completely about how it took the championship team successive series’ to hit their stride. That being said, with the injuring bug biting hard, and the rotation not yet cemented, it might take this group that long to realize its full potential.

    By the way, I am not discounting the Orlando factor. The Magic are solid, I think both teams could get multiple road wins in a 7 game series. But I do believe this year we match up better at the wing and 5 spot versus last year. Ray and Paul won’t be running out of gas this year. Nate can run circles around J. Will; Quis can lock down Petruas; Sheed could neutralize Gortat?

    Well maybe on some nights. One thing is for sure. These Celts might play choppy, but they win on the road, and they’re battle tested.

    As for Cleveland, you and I both know what the Celts or Magic would be up against. The calls would favor LeBron, the drama would be akin to American Idol, and the media orgasm would be too much to bear. Maybe that’s why so many of us want to play the waiting game. LOL

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  • Rav

    Yes, I also have to apologize to Perk for rubbishing him for his play when in acutality it was due to injury.

    But I’m still angry at him/the team for not trying to fix this earlier. Instead, by playing injured, he has likely made it worse and made it last longer. Not cool.

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