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Forsberg: Kendrick Perkins To Return Tonight Vs. Cavs

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.

  • Caveman

    Welcome back Perk! the Larry O'Brien trophy just got closer for our Cs to grab!

  • someguyinsac

    Awesome news! Just take it easy Perk is all I'll say.

  • I_Love_Green

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! The Beast is back!

  • Bruce

    great way to get Perk a few minutes and wean him back to playing before the Fakers on Sunday…………The Cavs shouldn't be too rough on him and we can sure use a big tonight

  • Ryan DeGama

    Perk will come off the bench and play restricted minutes. 12-16 minutes total. Per Forsberg.

  • AussieCeltic

    The beast is back!!!! Go KP!! You have been missed more than it seems (yes we have a superb record without him, but just watch what happens now that he is back). Perk is made for the playoffs. A proven performer in big games and 7 game series. I'm gushing…

  • Chris O

    Yes I just thumbed up you all, because the Beast is back, we are atop the East, and the NBA will fear us when fully healthy. Shoot resign Rasheed and get Rip if needed. Have the deepest 12 the league has ever seen….

  • Ryan DeGama

    Perk looks like he's leaner than ever.

  • Batman

    I checked the box score for my routine see and what was the name I saw…….KENDRICK PERKINS!?!?!?
    He's back!

  • Robert

    YES! Great to see Perk back in action. Even in that short clip, Perk showing his physicality with the hard box out on the free throw.

  • Chris O

    PERK BACK BETTER THAN EVER!?!?!?!

  • kricky

    Kudos to KP for sticking rehab and getting back early. Seeing him back in the lineup really made my day. And he looked great too. Though the Cavs aren't much f a test. He had them bouncing off him on those put-backs like a bunch of gnats.

  • Diehardceltic

    Gotta Love the Celtics fans!!! That standing ovation brought a tear to my eye!!!! LETS GO CELTICS!!!!

  • john schaffer

    perk deserved the satnding o , he worked hard ,, he wants to play not like some centers we have that just want the big paycheck and stay home aw ok jemaine o'neile