Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the injury to starting center Kendrick Perkins. The torn ACL and PCL ligaments in the right knee of Perkins will keep him out of Thursday's Game 7 vs. the Lakers. Ainge was asked about the injury and if the Celtics would be able to get quality play from the bench in place of Perkins.

 

LOS ANGELES -- Kendrick Perkins tore his MCL and suffered a partial tear of another ligament in his right knee in Game 6 and will not play in Game 7 Thursday.

 

"Physically, I'm in pain," Perkins announced. "I hurt my knee pretty badly. I'm out for [Thursday]. There's nothing I can do about it. A torn MCL and a torn PCL and I have to watch from the sidelines. I'd be lying if I told you if it didn't hurt but it hurt. I'll probably never get the opportunity again to get back to the finals. Physically, I'm doing better than I am mentally."

Ten thoughts from a Game 6 blowout that will not be played as part of the video highlight package before the Hall of Fame induction of Shelden Williams in 2022.



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LOS ANGELES -- Following a 22-point loss in a potential championship-clinching game, the Celtics reacted with embarrassment after Tuesday's Game 6 defeat to the Lakers at Staples Center. 

 

"We got our ass kicked, point-blank, simple," Glen Davis said. "They came out there and hit us hard. They beat us mentally, physically." 

 

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson has won 10 titles as a coach, and coached teams that have appeared in 11 finals, but he has never coached a team in Game 7 of the finals. "It's really a high-tension situation," Jackson said. "Players have come down to putting a lot on the line at this particular point. A lot of times it's not about coaching at that point."

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Rajon Rondo received stitches in his chin after catching an elbow from Ron Artest in the third quarter. "I don't think it was intentional, but it was definitely a foul," Rondo said. "One of the fouls that wasn't called, but that's the way it goes." To read all of what Rondo said after the Celtics' Game 6 loss, go to the Green Street blog by clicking here.

Speaking after the Celtics' 89-67 loss to the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA finals, C's coach Doc Rivers was not optimistic about the status of center Kendrick Perkins heading into Thursday's Game 7. Perkins sprained his right knee midway through the first quarter, contributing to the Celtics' problems on the boards, with the Lakers outrebounding the C's 52-39. "I don't know. It doesn't look great, but I don't know," Rivers said.

 

LOS ANGELES -- The Celtics' dreams of walking out of Staples Center on Tuesday night with their record 18th NBA title ended in ugly fashion as the Lakers blew out the C's, 89-67, to force a seventh and deciding game Thursday night in Southern California. Kobe Bryant led a balanced attack for the Lakers with 26 while Pau Gasol added 17. The Celtics were led by Ray Allen with 19. Paul Pierce had 13, Kevin Garnett chipped in with 12 and Rajon Rondo had 10 for Boston. 

 

Two of the referees who participated in the Celtics' Game 2 win against the Lakers in Los Angeles will be officiating Game 6, Monty McCutchen and Ken Mauer, with Joe DeRosa serving as the third referee for Tuesday night's finals game between the Celts and LA. In Game 2 the Lakers were afforded 41 free throw attempts to the Celtics' 26, but LA's Kobe Bryant also was whistled for his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter on a charge call issued by Mauer.