Breaking news from the TD Garden as Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com has just reported that sources are telling him Kendrick Perkins will make his season debut at the TD Garden tonight. Here’s the full report:
Six months removed from ACL surgery, Celtics center Kendrick Perkins expects to return to action Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources told ESPNBoston.com.
Perkins, whose tore the ACL in his right knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, had been projected to return as late as the All-Star break after surgery in July, but recently pegged a Feb. 4 date against the Dallas Mavericks.
But Perkins looked and felt so good in recent practice sessions that he asked coach Doc Rivers earlier this week if he could play as early as Tuesday’s game. Rivers said Monday he wouldn’t allow it without clearance from the training staff, but it appears Perkins got the clearance he needed to change his coach’s mind.
Update: Perk checks in with 8:02 left in the first quarter.