Perkins will miss Game 7

Published 12:44 am Thursday, June 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Boston center Kendrick Perkins’ sprained right knee will keep him out of Game 7 of the NBA finals.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed Wednesday that his starting center won’t play in the season finale against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, dealing a blow to Boston’s hopes of winning its 18th championship.

Perkins was hurt midway through the first quarter of Boston’s 89-67 loss in Game 6 on Tuesday night when he landed awkwardly after battling under the hoop with Lakers center Andrew Bynum. Perkins sprained multiple ligaments in his knee, according to Rivers.

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Perkins says he’s devastated to miss the game, but expects his teammates to fill in admirably.

Rasheed Wallace or Glen Davis likely will start in Perkins’ place.